quincuncial


quincuncial

quincuncial or quin·cun·xial [kwin-kuhn-shuh l, kwing-] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. consisting of, arranged, or formed like a quincunx or quincunxes.
  2. Botany. noting a five-ranked arrangement of leaves.

Origin of quincuncial 1595–1605; Latin quīncunciālis, equivalent to quīncunci- (stem of quīncunx quincunx) + -ālis -al1 Related formsquin·cun·cial·ly, adverb Examples from the Web for quincuncial Historical Examples of quincuncial

  • Pores subregular, circular, gradually increasing in size, disposed in six to nine quincuncial alternating longitudinal rows.

    Report on the Radiolaria Collected by H.M.S. Challenger During the Years 1873-1876, Second Part: Subclass Osculosa; Index

    Ernst Haeckel

  • Quincuncial forms and ordinations are also observable in animal figurations.

    The Works of Sir Thomas Browne

    Thomas Browne

  • Scales on the back rounded, quincuncial, imbricate; those on the belly similar to those on the back and on the sides.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • Pores regular, circular, quincuncial, twice as broad as the bars.

    Report on the Radiolaria Collected by H.M.S. Challenger During the Years 1873-1876, Second Part: Subclass Osculosa; Index

    Ernst Haeckel

  • Thorax nearly hemispherical, with regular, circular, quincuncial pores.

    Report on the Radiolaria Collected by H.M.S. Challenger During the Years 1873-1876, Second Part: Subclass Osculosa; Index

    Ernst Haeckel

  • British Dictionary definitions for quincuncial quincuncial adjective

    1. consisting of or having the appearance of a quincunx
    2. (of the petals or sepals of a five-membered corolla or calyx in the bud) arranged so that two members overlap another two completely and the fifth overlaps on one margin and is itself overlapped on the other

    Derived Formsquincuncially, adverb

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