quincunx

I ran into this word yesterday, on my phone. When I read it, I thought its specificity was rather amusing. ๐Ÿ™‚

A quincunx is a geometric pattern of five units arranged into the shape of a cross, with four of these being at right angles to one another and the fifth at the center. Essentially, it is the exact pattern of a five on any die one may find.

Its origin comes from Latin, where quincunx was the name of a coin whose value was five twelfths (5/12; in Latin: quinque + uncia) of the standard Roman bronze coin.

Funny enough, there’s no such word as quadcunx for a geometric pattern of four units.

Fortunately, there’s also no such word as sexcunx for a geometric pattern of six units โ€“ย that would just leave a hole too large for puns to fill, I dare say. ๐Ÿ˜›

Want to read more about other uncommon words? ๐Ÿ™‚ See the Interesting Words page.

Sources:
Wikipedia
Wiktionary

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13 thoughts on “quincunx

  1. I must admit, I had to read the definition a few times before I could fathom the meaning of this word. I have no doubt that I will now spend my life trying to find quincunxes wherever I can!

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