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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 19, May 11, 2008, Article 23

VOCABULARY WORD: QUINCUNX

"A quincunx is the arrangement of five units in the pattern
corresponding to the five-spot on dice, playing cards, or
dominoes. The quincunx was originally the symbol of the Roman
coin of the same name, whose value was five twelfths (quinque
+ uncia) of an as. Typically, a quincunx consists of five
objects arranged in a square, with one object at each of
the square’s four corners and the fifth in the square’s
center."

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