- 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
- any of a number of beings dwelling on Mount Ida and working as metalworkers and magicians.
Origin of Dactyl
Examples from the Web for dactyli
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
- 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
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.
- A finger or toe; digit.