Quincunx

[kwˈɪnkʌŋks], [kwˈɪnkʌŋks], [k_w_ˈɪ_n_k_ʌ_ŋ_k_s]

Definitions of Quincunx:

  1.   An arrangement of five objects in a square, one at each corner, and one in the middle; in bot., the arrangement of the leaves of a bud into five, of which two are exterior, two interior, and the fifth covers the interior with one margin, and has its other margin covered by the exterior. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  2.   Arrangement of five petals or leaves, of which two are exterior, two interior, and the fifth partly exterior, partly interior. – A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  3.   A plantation of trees disposed in a square, consisting of five trees, with one at each corner and one in the middle. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for Quincunx:

  1. “ To this ambition, perhaps, we owe the Frogs of Homer; the Gnat and the Bees of Virgil; the Butterfly of Spenser; the Shadow of Wowerus; and the Quincunx of Browne. ” – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3) by Isaac D'Israeli
  2. He, the young garden- lover, sat at the feet of the great garden- mystic, and began to pore wonderingly over the inscrutable secrets of the quincunx – Austin and His Friends by Frederic H. Balfour
  3. It was a fine old house, roomy, airy, bright, sunny, cheerful, with large apartments and a capital play- ground, formed by that old- fashioned device, a quincunx of linden trees, under whose shade we carried on very Amazonian exercises, fighting having become one of our favorite recreations. ” – Records of a Girlhood by Frances Ann Kemble
  4. All that about the quincunx is most baffling. ” – Austin and His Friends by Frederic H. Balfour
  5. Small pits were dug before each man's station, and this infantry was arranged in " harrow" formation, much as trees are planted in an orchard in quincunx so that any five of them formed a figure somewhat like the five in a pack of cards. ” – Crecy by Hilaire Belloc
  6. These should be planted in quincunx order, i. ” – Cacao Culture in the Philippines by William S. Lyon
  7. The rows are 15 inches apart, and the plants 18 inches apart in the row- in the quincunx form; each bed is separated from the rest by a path 80 inches wide. ” – Success With Small Fruits by E. P. Roe
  8. He planted the grand quincunx – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
  9. It is planted with trees in quincunx and although, in particular points of view, this gives it a symmetrical air; yet, in others, the hand of art is sufficiently concealed to deceive the eye by a representation of the irregular beauties of nature. ” – Paris As It Was and As It Is by Francis W. Blagdon
  10. The little gate that open's on the street lets one into the quincunx near the pavilion. ” – The Wandering Jew, Book II. by Eugene Sue

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