from The Century Dictionary.
- Having five spots.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective rare Five-spotted.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
"'On her left breast/A mole cinque-spotted, like the crimson drops/I' the bottom of a cowslip, '" he murmured, but he wasn't really talking to me.
Most of my readers will have observed a small water-insect on the surface of rivulets, which throws a cinque-spotted shadow fringed with prismatic colours on the sunny bottom of the brook; and will have noticed, how the little animal wins its way up against the stream, by alternate pulses of active and passive motion, now resisting the current, and now yielding to it in order to gather strength and a momentary fulcrum for a further propulsion.
The word quâtre-crested may need a precedent for its justification, and seems to have a sufficient one in the cinque-spotted cowslip of Shakspeare.] -- TR.