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
The Dactyl, which has the first syllable accented and the two latter unaccented: as, "Jnthin, Jffr-sn."The Comic English Grammar|Percival Leigh
A Dactyl is a three-syllable foot accented on the first syllable.English: Composition and Literature|W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
The Dactyl, rolls round, expresses beautifully the majesty of the sun in his course.Dissertation on the English Language|Noah Webster, Jr.
“Dactyl” is a fine word; in Greek it means “finger”; like a finger, a poetic dactyl has three parts, one long and two short.Practical English Composition: Book II.|Edwin L. Miller
If our accent, a quality of sound were actually equivalent to the Quantity in the Greek ¯ ˘ ¯, or dactyl ¯ ˘ ˘ at least.The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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.