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dactylus

[dak-tuh-luh s]
noun, plural dac·ty·li [dak-tuh-lahy, -lee] /ˈdæk təˌlaɪ, -ˌli/.
  1. 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.
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Origin of dactylus

New Latin < Greek; see dactyl

Dactyl

or Dak·tyl

[dak-til]
noun, plural Dac·tyls, Dac·tyl·i [dak-ti-lahy] /ˈdæk tɪˌlaɪ/. Classical Mythology.
  1. any of a number of beings dwelling on Mount Ida and working as metalworkers and magicians.
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Origin of Dactyl

< Greek Dáktyloi (Idaîoi) (Idaean) craftsmen or wizards (plural of dáktylos; see dactyl)
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Historical Examples of 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

dactyl

noun
  1. Also called: dactylic prosody a metrical foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short (– ◡ ◡)Compare bacchius
  2. zoology any digit of a vertebrate
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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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Word Origin and History for dactyli

dactyl

n.

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.

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dactyli in Medicine

dactyl

(dăktəl)
n.
  1. A finger or toe; digit.
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