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Quinary meaning

Quinary - 2 dictionary results

  1. 1. Consisting of five; arranged by fives.
  2. 2. Of, or arranged in, fives.

Quinary - examples of usage

  1. We find no trace of any by 7, and but slight indications of a ternary numeration by 3 and 9. All these American modes of reckoning may thus be reduced to the binary, by two or pairs; and the quinary or manual by the five fingers, of which the decimal is the double, and by 20 the quadruple. - "The American Nations, Vol. I.", C. S. Rafinesque.
  2. Wild Roses Rosa Just as many members of the lily tribe show a preference for the rule of three in the arrangements of their floral parts, so the wild roses cling to the quinary method of some primitive ancestor, a favorite one also with the buttercup and many of its kin, the geraniums, mallows, and various others. - "Wild Flowers Worth Knowing", Neltje Blanchan et al.
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