a combining form meaning “fingered, possessing fingers,” or “toed, possessing toes,” used to form compound words in which the initial element specifies the type or number of fingers or toes: tridactylous.

Nearby words

  1. -cule,
  2. -cy,
  3. -cyst,
  4. -cyte,
  5. -dactyl,
  6. -dactyly,
  7. -decker,
  8. -dendron,
  9. -derm,
  10. -derma

Origin of -dactylous

< Greek -daktylos, adj. derivative of dáktylos finger, toe; see -ous

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