quinconce

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French[edit]

quinconce

Etymology[edit]

From Latin quīncunx (by five).

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Noun[edit]

quinconce m (plural quinconces)

  1. A quincunx, a group of five items arranged in a square with one in the middle.
    • 1849, Alexandre Dumas, Les Mille et Un Fantômes:
      Jardin de curé, avec son quinconce de tilleuls, sa collection de dahlias et de rosiers, ses berceaux de vignes et ses espaliers de pêchers et d'abricotiers: []
      Garden of the vicar, with its quincunx of lime trees, its collection of dahlias and of roses, its beds of wine ranks and its stairs of peaches and apricots: []
  2. (by extension) A plantation made at equal distances in a straight row, giving multiple alleys of trees in different directions.
    • 1943, O. Bussard, Cultures légumières (in French):
      Les trous sont souvent disposés en quinconce, parfois en carré ou simplement en ligne.
      The holes are often arranged in straight lines, sometimes in a square, or simply aligned.
  3. (by extension) A place planted in this manner.
    Les quinconces de Versailles.
    The quinconces of Versailles.

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