- 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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from Latin quinque
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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