from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several plants having palmately compound leaves with five leaflets, such as the cinquefoil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See cinquefoil.
  • n. A starfish with five rays, esp. Asterias rubens.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given to common species of Potentilla which have digitate leaves with five leaflets, as P. reptans of Europe and P. Canadensis of the United States. The marsh-fivefinger is P. palustris. Also called cinquefoil or fivefinger-grass.
  • n. In Jamaica, the Syngonium auritum, an aroid with five-parted leaves.
  • n. plural A popular name of some or any starfish; a five-fingered jack.
  • n. plural A name given to the five of trumps in certain games of cards.
  • n. The Virginia creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of a numerous plants grown for their five-petaled flowers; abundant in temperate regions; alleged to have medicinal properties


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  • It's not exactly the ol' five-finger discount, but then all you have to sneak out of the store is information.

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  • Freddy just gave him the five-finger death punch to the heart.

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  • My best is like a five-finger exercise compared with the foolishest thing she ripples off.


  • "The Letter" is a 10-page, five-finger exercise with no connection to the Nixons except for the verbatim use of Dick Nixon's letter to Pat "Dearest Heart . . . ", presented as if it were written by a young would-be novelist to his secret love, who happens to be his best friend's sister.

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  • Saxon drew Billy's eyes to a mossy bank of five-finger ferns.


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  • I placed my glovey-love, so sticky and wet, on the door with my five-finger print.

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  • Personally, I think it'd be a great idea if February 14th was declared a global public holiday and everyone had to spend the day in bed with their beloved, whether that be the wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or five-finger Grace, which if you're unsure about and have never been a confirmed bachelor, it's your hand; right or left doesn't matter so long as it's a snug fit.

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  • Sounds sexy, adventurous, fun -- but let's remember that the old time pirates were only badly dressed, rather smelly thieves, just as scummy as any skank shoplifter taking a five-finger discount from a store.

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