noun, plural Dak·tyls, Dak·tyl·i [dak-ti-lahy] /ˈdæk tɪˌlaɪ/.
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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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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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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A finger or toe; digit.
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