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¡.
  2.   A plantation of trees disposed in a square, consisting of five trees, with one at each corner and one in the middle.
  3.   A quincuncial arrangement, as of the parts of a flower in aestivation. See Quincuncial, 2.
  4.   Arrangement of five petals or leaves, of which two are exterior, two interior, and the fifth partly exterior, partly interior.
  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.
  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.

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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