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quinary

adjective quina·ry \ ˈkwīnərē , -win- \

Definition of quinary

1 : consisting of five : arranged by fives : quintuple
  • the quinary system is based on counting the fingers of one hand
  • —H. J. Spinden
2 : of the fifth order or rank

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Origin and Etymology of quinary

Latin quinarius, from quini five apiece + -arius -ary; akin to quinque five


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quinary

noun \ " \

Definition of quinary

plural -es
: a quinary group or system

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