dactyl

[ dak-til ]
/ ˈdæk tɪl /

noun

Prosody. a foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short in quantitative meter, or one stressed followed by two unstressed in accentual meter, as in gently and humanly. Symbol:
a finger or toe.

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Origin of dactyl

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin dactylus < Greek dáktylos finger, a dactyl, referring to the three joints of the finger

Definition for dactyl (2 of 4)

Dactyl

or Dak·tyl

[ dak-til ]
/ ˈdæk tɪl /

noun, plural Dac·tyls, Dac·tyl·i [dak-ti-lahy] /ˈdæk tɪˌlaɪ/. Classical Mythology.

any of a number of beings dwelling on Mount Ida and working as metalworkers and magicians.

Origin of Dactyl

< Greek Dáktyloi (Idaîoi) (Idaean) craftsmen or wizards (plural of dáktylos; see dactyl)

Definition for dactyl (3 of 4)

dactylo-

a combining form meaning “finger,” “toe,” used in the formation of compound words: dactylomegaly.
Also dactyl-.

Origin of dactylo-

< Greek, combining form representing dáktylos finger, toe

Definition for dactyl (4 of 4)

-dactyl

variant of -dactylous, especially with nouns: pterodactyl.
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British Dictionary definitions for dactyl (1 of 2)

dactyl
/ (ˈdæktɪl) /

noun

Also called: dactylic prosody a metrical foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short (– ◡ ◡)Compare bacchius
zoology any digit of a vertebrate

Word Origin for dactyl

C14: via Latin from Greek daktulos finger, dactyl, comparing the finger's three joints to the three syllables

British Dictionary definitions for dactyl (2 of 2)

dactylo-

before a vowel dactyl-


combining form

finger or toedactylogram

Word Origin for dactylo-

from Greek daktulos finger
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Medical definitions for dactyl (1 of 2)

dactyl
[ dăktəl ]

n.

A finger or toe; digit.

Medical definitions for dactyl (2 of 2)

dactylo-

pref.

Digit:dactylomegaly.
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