[ dak-til ]
/ ˈdæk tɪl /
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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

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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)

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

/ (ˈdæktɪl) /

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
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Medical definitions for dactyl

[ dăktəl ]

A finger or toe; digit.
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