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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Quincuncial \Quin*cun"cial\, [L. quincuncialis, from quincunx.
     See {Quincunx}.]
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     1. Having the form of a quincunx.
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     2. (Bot.) 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; as,
        quincuncial [ae]stivation.
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     {Quincuncial phyllotaxy} (Bot.), an arrangement of five
        leaves in a spiral, each leaf two fifths of a circle from
        the next.
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