a combining form meaning “five,” used in the formation of compound words: quinquevalent.

Origin of quinque-

< Latin, combining form of quīnque; see five
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combining form


Word Origin for quinque-

from Latin quinque
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Word Origin and History for quinque


before vowels quinqu-, word-forming element meaning "five, having five," from Latin quinque "five," by assimilation from PIE *penkwe (see five).

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