dactylic

[dak-til-ik]

adjective

of, containing, or characterized by dactyls: dactylic hexameter; a dactylic line.
of a dactyl.

noun

a dactylic verse.

Nearby words

  1. dacryosolenitis,
  2. dacryostenosis,
  3. dacryosyrinx,
  4. dactinomycin,
  5. dactyl,
  6. dactylitis,
  7. dactylo-,
  8. dactylogram,
  9. dactylography,
  10. dactylology

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

dactylic

adjective

of, relating to, or having a dactyldactylic verse

noun

a variant of dactyl (def. 1)
Derived Formsdactylically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for dactylic

dactylic

adj.

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

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