[ dak-tuh-luh s ]
/ ˈdæk tə ləs /

noun, plural dac·ty·li [dak-tuh-lahy, -lee] /ˈdæk təˌlaɪ, -ˌli/.

an enlarged portion of the leg after the first joint in some insects, as the pollen-carrying segment in the hind leg of certain bees.

Origin of dactylus

New Latin < Greek; see dactyl

Definition for dactyli (2 of 2)


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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Examples from the Web for dactyli

  • This was into right and left, and the general name of Dactyli, Fingers, was given them.

    The Religious Sentiment|Daniel G. Brinton

British Dictionary definitions for dactyli

/ (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 dactyli

[ dăktəl ]


A finger or toe; digit.
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