Origin of dactyl
noun, plural Dac·tyls, Dac·tyl·i [dak-ti-lahy] /ˈdæk tɪˌlaɪ/. Classical Mythology.
Origin of Dactyl
Origin of dactylo-
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
Word Origin for dactyl
before a vowel dactyl-
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.