- 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.
Origin of dactyl
- any of a number of beings dwelling on Mount Ida and working as metalworkers and magicians.
Origin of Dactyl
- a combining form meaning “finger,” “toe,” used in the formation of compound words: dactylomegaly.
Origin of dactylo-
- variant of -dactylous, especially with nouns: pterodactyl.
Examples from the Web for dactyl
Historical Examples of dactyl
This foot, which is the opposite of the dactyl, is known as the anapest.Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism
F. V. N. Painter
Pain is always by the side of joy, the spondee by the dactyl.Notre-Dame de Paris
The letters “v v v” indicate that the dactyl at the beginning of the line has been dropped.The Works of John Marston
There is a similar contrast in the cases of the dactyl and anapæst.
But in all the feet except the fifth, a spondee ( ) may take the place of the dactyl.New Latin Grammar
Charles E. Bennett
- 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
before a vowel dactyl-
- finger or toedactylogram
Word Origin for dactylo-
metrical foot, late 14c., from Greek dactylos, literally "finger" (also "toe"), of unknown origin; the metrical use (a long syllable followed by two short ones) is by analogy with the three joints of a finger.
- A finger or toe; digit.