quincunx

[ kwing-kuhngks, kwin- ]SEE DEFINITION OF quincunx
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Associated words: quinary, quintuple, quintuplicate, quincunx.

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.

What is more beautiful than the quincunx, which, whatever way you look, retains the same direct position?

His house has long been pulled down; his willow has fallen down in utter decay; his quincunx has been destroyed.

They helped him to construct his quincunx; to plant, to sort spars and stones, and to fix them in the wall.

Toward the tower Criere stood the orchard full of all fruit-trees, set and ranged in a quincunx.

The four faces of this square axis are pierced with three round, equal, truly-bored holes, arranged in a quincunx.

The zone is covered with fine puncta in quincunx, not visible under ordinary illumination.

The planting of a quincunx or the presentation of a pump to the parish might have proved his solitary title to fame.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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