[ 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.
Words nearby dactylus
Origin of dactylus
New Latin < Greek; see dactyl
Definition for dactyli (2 of 2)
[ 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
[ dăk′təl ]
A finger or toe; digit.
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