- an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.
- Botany. an overlapping arrangement of five petals or leaves, in which two are interior, two are exterior, and one is partly interior and partly exterior.
Origin of quincunx
Related Words for quincunxcinquefoil, pentangle, pentagram, quintuple, lustrum, cinque, quinquennium, pentacle, quintuplet, pentagon, limerick, pentad, quincunx, quinquennial, quintuplicate
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Associated words: quinary, quintuple, quintuplicate, quincunx.Putnam's Word Book
Louis A. Flemming
There are numerous deep pits dug within it in the quincunx form, and capable of concealing a large army.
At last they took a turn to the right; and they drew up in a kind of quincunx in the midst of the pine-trees.Sentimental Education, Volume II
What is more beautiful than the quincunx, which, whatever way you look, retains the same direct position?The Training of a Public Speaker
His house has long been pulled down; his willow has fallen down in utter decay; his quincunx has been destroyed.
- a group of five objects arranged in the shape of a rectangle with one at each of the four corners and the fifth in the centre
- botany a quincuncial arrangement of sepals or petals in the bud
- astrology an aspect of 150° between two planets
Word Origin for quincunx
1640s, originally astrological, of planetary alignments, from Latin, literally "five twelfths" (especially "five unciae," that is, "five-twelfths of an as," the basic unit of Roman currency), from quinque "five" (see quinque-) + uncia "ounce; a twelfth part (of anything)," related to unus "one" (see one). Applied, especially in garden design, to arrangements like the five pips on a playing card (1660s). Related: Quincuncial.