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dactylus

[dak-tuh-luh s] /ˈdæk tə ləs/
noun, plural dactyli
[dak-tuh-lahy, -lee] /ˈdæk təˌlaɪ, -ˌli/ (Show IPA)
1.
an enlarged portion of the leg after the first joint in some insects, as the pollen-carrying segment in the hind leg of certain bees.
Origin of dactylus
New Latin < Greek; see dactyl

Dactyl

or Daktyl

[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.
Origin
< Greek Dáktyloi (Idaîoi) (Idaean) craftsmen or wizards (plural of dáktylos; see dactyl)
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  • This was into right and left, and the general name of dactyli, Fingers, was given them.

    The Religious Sentiment Daniel G. Brinton
British Dictionary definitions for dactyli

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 dactyli

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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dactyli in Medicine

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

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