- 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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- Also called: dactylic prosody a metrical foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short (– ◡ ◡)Compare bacchius
- zoology any digit of a vertebrate
C14: via Latin from Greek daktulos finger, dactyl, comparing the finger's three joints to the three syllables
Word Origin and History for daktyl
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A finger or toe; digit.
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