adjective Also pol·y·dac·tyl·ous.
having many or several digits.
having more than the normal number of fingers or toes.
Origin of polydactyl
From the Greek
dating back to 1860–65.
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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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Having more than the normal number of digits on a hand or foot.
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