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Tuesday, July 01, 2014


\dak-TIL-uh-gram\ , noun;
a fingerprint.
An impression of the five fingers of each hand is made upon the card ; then, in view of the dactylogram obtained, one can establish the dactylographic formula of the subject…
-- Edited by John Henry Wigmore, The Principles of Judicial Proof, 1913
The brevity of this primer doesn't allow for discussion of the complex dialectic relationship between principally the photographic portrait and the dactylogram, as the fingerprint was first called.
-- Giacomo Papi, translated by Jamie Richards, Booked: The Last 150 Years Told through Mug Shots, 2006
Dactylogram is a combination of dactylo- meaning "finger" and -gram meaning "something written." It entered English in the 1910s.
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