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[pen-tuh-dak-tl, -til]
  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


  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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