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[fahyv-fing-ger] /ˈfaɪvˌfɪŋ gər/
any of certain species of potentilla having leaves of five leaflets, as Potentilla canadensis.
Origin of five-finger
before 1000; Middle English; Old English fīffingre Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • To have the five-finger exercises of his irresistibility played on one.

    Balloons Elizabeth Bibesco
  • The five-finger (Asterias rubens, L.) is a very numerous species on our coast and very destructive.

  • It ran up and down about six octaves, to the tune of a five-finger exercise.

    Cupid's Middleman Edward B. Lent
  • "The only fortune we shall ever have will come from five-finger land," laughed Hal good-naturedly.

    The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • With it I can play the most difficult work ever written as easily as I can a five-finger exercise.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • five-finger, or Rink, Rapids is caused by a contraction of the river from its usual width to one of a hundred and fifty yards.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • My best is like a five-finger exercise compared with the foolishest thing she ripples off.

    The Turtles of Tasman Jack London
  • She tried again, however, and this time succeeded in running a five-finger exercise once up and once down.

    Terry Rosa Mulholland
  • But because time dragged, Georgina went to her scales and five-finger exercises as usual.

    Georgina of the Rainbows Annie Fellows Johnston
  • In the case of the pianist, the sound of the five-finger exercise dies on the air, and there is luckily an end of it.

British Dictionary definitions for five-finger


any of various plants having five-petalled flowers or five lobed leaves, such as cinquefoil and Virginia creeper
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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