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dactylus

[dak-tuh-luh s] /ˈdæk tə ləs/
noun, plural dactyli
[dak-tuh-lahy, -lee] /ˈdæk təˌlaɪ, -ˌli/ (Show IPA)
1.
an enlarged portion of the leg after the first joint in some insects, as the pollen-carrying segment in the hind leg of certain bees.
Origin of dactylus
New Latin < Greek; see dactyl
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  • Pholas dactylus having hollowed out a shelter in a block of gneiss.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • It has the shape of a date, or of a finger; whence its name of dactylus, which in Greek signifies a finger.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet

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