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From Latin quincuncialis.


  • IPA(key): /kwɪnˈkʌnʃəl/


quincuncial (comparative more quincuncial, superlative most quincuncial)

  1. Arranged in a quincunx.
    • 1658, Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus, Folio Society 2007, p. 169:
      Of this Quincunciall Ordination the Ancients practised much, discoursed little [...].
    • 1985, Lawrence Durrell, Quinx, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 1297:
      In architecture the quincunxial shape was considered a sort of housing for the divine power – a battery, if you like, which gathered into itself the divinity as it tried to pour earthward, to earth itself – just like an electrical current does.
  2. (botany) Having the leaves of a pentamerous calyx or corolla so imbricated that two are exterior, two are interior, and the other has one edge exterior and one interior.
    quincuncial aestivation

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