American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or forming a quincunx.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Disposed so as to form a quincunx; arranged in a set of five; also, arranged in two sets of oblique rows, at right angles to one another, so that five together form a quincunx; in botany, sometimes noting a pentastichous arrangement of leaves; more often noting an estivation.
- adj. Arranged in a quincunx.
GNU Webster's 1913
- From Latin quincuncialis. (Wiktionary)
“Towards the tower Criere stood the orchard full of all fruit-trees, set and ranged in a quincuncial order.”
“Nevertheless the spiral order does occur in the floral leaves as well as in those of the stem; it often happens, especially when the organs are numerous, that they form spiral series; and the same holds good very generally, when the parts of the flower are uneven in number, as in the very common quincuncial arrangement of the sepals, &c.”
“The quincuncial arrangement of the dots is effected by the punching, moistening, and fastening down of odd and even dots, combined with the forward movement of the tissue to be chenilled.”
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