quinconce

FrenchEdit

 
quinconce

EtymologyEdit

From Latin quīncunx (by five).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

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:
      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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ItalianEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin quīncuncem, accusative of quīncunx, derived from quīnque (five) +‎ uncia (ounce).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kwinˈkon.t͡ʃe/
  • Rhymes: -ontʃe
  • Hyphenation: quin‧cón‧ce

NounEdit

quinconce m or f (plural quinconci)

  1. (historical, Ancient Rome):
    1. five twelfths
    2. (numismatics) quincunx (5/12 of an as)
    3. (units of measure) 5/12 of a Roman foot
  2. quincunx (arrangement of five units)
  3. (agriculture) A plantation made at equal distances in a straight row, giving multiple alleys of trees in different directions.

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ReferencesEdit

  • quinconce in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana