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noun quin·cunx \ˈkwin-ˌkəŋ(k)s\

Definition of QUINCUNX

:  an arrangement of five things in a square or rectangle with one at each corner and one in the middle
quin·cun·cial \kwin-ˈkən(t)-shəl\ or quin·cunx·ial \-ˈkəŋk-sē-əl\ adjective

Origin of QUINCUNX

Latin quincunc-, quincunx, literally, five twelfths, from quinque five + uncia twelfth part — more at five, ounce
First Known Use: 1545


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