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dactyl

[dak-til] /ˈdæk tɪl/
noun
1.
Prosody. a foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short in quantitative meter, or one stressed followed by two unstressed in accentual meter, as in gently and humanly. Symbol: .
2.
a finger or toe.
Origin of dactyl
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin dactylus < Greek dáktylos finger, a dactyl, referring to the three joints of the finger

Dactyl

[dak-til] /ˈdæk tɪl/
noun, plural Dactyls, Dactyli
[dak-ti-lahy] /ˈdæk tɪˌlaɪ/ (Show IPA).
Classical Mythology
1.
any of a number of beings dwelling on Mount Ida and working as metalworkers and magicians.
Also, Daktyl.
Origin
< Greek Dáktyloi (Idaîoi) (Idaean) craftsmen or wizards (plural of dáktylos; see dactyl)

-dactyl

1.
variant of -dactylous, especially with nouns:
pterodactyl.
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  • Sorrow is ever by the side of joy, the spondee beside the dactyl.
British Dictionary definitions for dactyl

dactyl

/ˈdæktɪl/
noun
1.
(prosody) Also called dactylic. a metrical foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short (– ◡ ◡) Compare bacchius
2.
(zoology) any digit of a vertebrate
Word Origin
C14: via Latin from Greek daktulos finger, dactyl, comparing the finger's three joints to the three syllables
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Word Origin and History for dactyl
n.

metrical foot, late 14c., from Greek dactylos, literally "finger" (also "toe"), of unknown origin; the metrical use (a long syllable followed by two short ones) is by analogy with the three joints of a finger.

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dactyl in Medicine

dactyl dac·tyl (dāk'təl)
n.
A finger or toe; digit.

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