or mon·o·dac·tyl

[ mon-uh-dak-tl-uh s or mon-uh-dak-tl ]
/ ˌmɒn əˈdæk tl əs or ˌmɒn əˈdæk tl /

adjective Zoology.

having only one digit or claw.

Origin of monodactylous

First recorded in 1820–30, monodactylous is from the Greek word monodáktylos one-fingered, one-toed. See mono-, -dactylous

Related forms

mon·o·dac·tyl·ism, mon·o·dac·ty·ly, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for monodactyly


/ (ˌmɒnəʊˈdæktɪləs) /


(of certain animals) having a single functional digit
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Medicine definitions for monodactyly


[ mŏn′ō-dăktə-lē ]


The presence of a single finger on the hand or a single toe on the foot.
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