- 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
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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