Definition of quinary in English:

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quinary

Pronunciation: /ˈkwʌɪnəri/

adjective

1Fifth in order or rank: she discusses other mixtures, including those of the secondary through quinary colours
2 Zoology , historical Relating to or denoting a former system of classification in which the animal kingdom is divided into five subkingdoms, and each subkingdom into five classes.
Example sentences
  • When Darwin read that an opponent of the ‘quinary’ system was proposing a modification to sets of four, he expostulated in his notebooks, ‘Anyone may believe anything in such rigmarole about analogies and numbers’.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin quinarius, from quini 'five at once, a set of five', from quinque 'five'.

Words that rhyme with quinary

binary, finery, pinery, vinery, winery

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: quin|ary

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