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pentadactyl

[pen-tuh-dak-tl, -til]
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adjective
  1. having five digits on each hand or foot.
  2. having five fingerlike projections or parts.
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Origin of pentadactyl

1655–65; < Latin pentadactylus < Greek pentadáktylos. See penta-, -dactyl
Related formspen·ta·dac·tyl·ism, noun
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Historical Examples

  • In the former the axis of the foot remained in the middle of the third digit, as in the pentadactyl foot.

    Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol. 1 and 3, of 3)

    George John Romanes


British Dictionary definitions for pentadactyl

pentadactyl

adjective
  1. (of the limbs of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals) consisting of an upper arm or thigh, a forearm or shank, and a hand or foot bearing five digits
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