Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Arranged in groups of five.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In botany, having an arrangement of five similar parts together, as five leaflets on a petiole.
  • noun In chem., a salt of quinic acid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) A salt of quinic acid.
  • adjective (Bot.) Growing in sets of five; -- said especially of leaves composed of five leaflets set at the end of a common petiole.

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  • noun chemistry An ester or a salt of quinic acid.
  • adjective botany Featuring five leaflets growing from a single point; quinquefoliolate.

Etymologies

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

[Latin quīnī, five each; see penkwe in Indo-European roots + –ate.]

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First attested in 1810; either quin(a) +‎ -ate or quin(ic) +‎ -ate, in either case perhaps after the French quinquinate; compare the French kinate, quinate.

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First attested in 1760; from the post-Classical Latin quīnātus, from the distributive numeral quīnī ("five each”, “five at a time"); compare binate, ternate, and quaternate, as well as the French quiné.

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