Pronounced: bath-uh-FOE-bee-uh, noun
Notes: I went for the obvious (fear of taking a bath) and that’s not right
The word quincunx refers to an arrangement of five things in a rectangle (or square) with four of the ‘things’ at each corner and one in the middle.
Background / Comments
This word comes to us from ancient Rome: they had a coin called the quincunx, which comes from quinque (five) and uncia (one twelfth). Their coin weighed five twelfths of a libra. They used a pattern of five dots, arranged like the five dots on a die as a symbol of the coin. English users adopted it for anything in this pattern. You may have noticed, as I did, the “quin” part of the word and thought that it was related to “five”, and you were right.
This word came into English in the mid-1600s