adjective Also pol·y·dac·tyl·ous.

having many or several digits.
having more than the normal number of fingers or toes.


a polydactyl animal.

Origin of polydactyl

From the Greek word polydáktylos, dating back to 1860–65. See poly-, -dactyl
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adjective Also: polydactylous

(of man and other vertebrates) having more than the normal number of digits


a human or other vertebrate having more than the normal number of digits

Word Origin for polydactyl

C19: via French from Greek poludactulos many-toed; see dactyl
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Word Origin and History for polydactyl

1894, from French polydactyle (adj.) "having more fingers and toes than is usual," from Greek polydaktylos; see poly- + dactyl. As an adjective from 1874. Related: Polydactyly; polydactylism (1868).

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polydactyl in Medicine




Having more than the normal number of digits on a hand or foot.
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