Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Quincunx

A pattern of five objects placed at the corner and centre of a square. The Numerology of planting trees in such repeated patterns was a Maggot of Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), who discussed it in The Garden of Cyrus, or The Quincunciall, Lozenge or Net-work Plantations of the Ancients (1658). [DRL]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.