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  1. a dactylic verse.

Origin of dactylic

1580–90; < Latin dactylicus < Greek daktylikós. See dactyl, -ic
Related formsdac·tyl·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for dactylic


  1. of, relating to, or having a dactyldactylic verse
  1. a variant of dactyl (def. 1)
Derived Formsdactylically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dactylic

1580s, from Latin dactylicus, from Greek daktylikos, from daktylos "pertaining to a dactyl" (see dactyl).

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