Quincunx
Quincunx Quin"cunx, n. [L., fr. quinque five + uncia an ounce. The quincunx was marked by five small spots or balls. See {Five}, and {Ounce} the weight.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. (Astrol.) The position of planets when distant from each other five signs, or 150[deg]. --Hutton. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) A quincuncial arrangement, as of the parts of a flower in [ae]stivation. See {Quincuncial}, 2. [1913 Webster]


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  • Quincunx — (lat.) d. i.,1/10, eines Ganzen; 1) Maß = 5 Cyathi; 2) Gewicht von 5 Unzen; 3) eine Münze von 5 Unciae, s. u. As 1); die Bezeichnung war mit 5 Punkten; 4) die Ordnung bei der Anpflanzung der Bäume, daß dieselben in der Form der Bezeichnung von 5… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Quincunx — (lat.), fünf Zwölftel eines Ganzen; altröm. Münze = 5 Unciae oder 5/12 As, die auf der einen Seite neben dem Bilde der Dioskuren 5 Punkte in der Form trug. Der Name wurde dann auch auf die römische Schlachtordnung, auf Baumpflanzungen, Säulen… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Quincunx — Quincunx, lat., Gewicht von 5 Unzen: 5/12 As, s. d.; die Fünfform (V) …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Quincunx —    • Quincunx,          πεντώγκιον, первоначально обозначение меры в 5 cyathi и монеты в 5 unciae, 5/12 фунта (Hor. а. р. 327 слл.), что и обозначалось на одной стороне, рядом с диоскурами на конях, 5 точками в следующем порядке : · : Эта фигура… …   Реальный словарь классических древностей

  • QUINCUNX — apud Ciceronem, de Senect. c. 17. directi in quincuncem ordines, ubi de arboribus, hanc notam habebat Xenophon ὀρθοὺς ςτίχους τȏυ δένδρων καὶ πάντα ἐυγώνια. Virg. l. 2. Georg. v. 278. Omnis in unguem Arboribus positis sectô via limite quadret.… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • quincunx — (n.) 1640s, originally astrological, of planetary alignments, from L., lit. five ounces, from quinque five (see QUINQUE (Cf. quinque )) + uncia ounce, a twelfth part, related to unus one (see ONE (Cf. one)). Applied, especially in garden design,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • quincunx — [kwin′kuŋks΄] n. [L, lit., five twelfths < quinque,FIVE + uncia, a twelfth: see OUNCE1] 1. an arrangement of five objects in a square, with one at each corner and one in the middle 2. Bot. an arrangement of five petaled flowers in which two… …   English World dictionary

  • Quincunx — For Sir Francis Galton s machine for demonstrating the normal distribution named quincunx , see bean machine. A quincunx (IPA [ kwɪnkʌŋks] ) is the arrangement of five units in the pattern corresponding to the five spot on dice, playing cards, or …   Wikipedia

  • quincunx — noun Etymology: Latin quincunc , quincunx, literally, five twelfths, from quinque five + uncia twelfth part more at five, ounce Date: 1545 an arrangement of five things in a square or rectangle with one at each corner and one in the middle •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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