Quincunx

[kwˈɪnkʌŋks], [kwˈɪnkʌŋks], [k_w_ˈɪ_n_k_ʌ_ŋ_k_s]

Definitions of Quincunx:

  1.   The position of planets when distant from each other five signs, or 150¡. – Newage Dictionary DB
  2.   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.
  3.   A quincuncial arrangement, as of the parts of a flower in aestivation. See Quincuncial, 2. – Newage Dictionary DB
  4.   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.
  5.   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.
  6.   An arrangement of things by fives in a square or a rectangle, one being placed at each corner and one in the middle; especially, such an arrangement of trees repeated indefinitely, so as to form a regular group with rows running in various directions. – Newage Dictionary DB

Usage examples for Quincunx:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. And, instead of the road, with the Gloucestershire hills and lessening clouds in perspective, have we not the cedar quincunx – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
  4. “ 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
  5. 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
  6. The planting of a quincunx or the presentation of a pump to the parish might have proved his solitary title to fame. ” – The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wright
  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. All that about the quincunx is most baffling. ” – Austin and His Friends by Frederic H. Balfour
  9. Toward the tower Criere stood the orchard full of all fruit- trees, set and ranged in a quincunx – The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VII (of X)--Continental Europe I by Various
  10. 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
  11. These should be planted in quincunx order, i. ” – Cacao Culture in the Philippines by William S. Lyon
  12. 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
  13. He planted the grand quincunx – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft

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