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dactyl

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noun dac·tyl \ˈdak-təl, -ˌtil\

Definition of dactyl

  1. :  a metrical foot consisting of one long and two short syllables or of one stressed and two unstressed syllables (as in tenderly)

dactylic play \dak-ˈti-lik\ adjective or noun


Origin of dactyl

Middle English dactile, from Latin dactylus, from Greek daktylos, literally, finger; from the fact that the first of three syllables is the longest, like the joints of the finger


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with dactyl


dactyl-

combining form dac·tyl

Definition of dactyl-

  1. :  finger :  toe :  digit <dactylology>



Variants of dactyl-

or dactylo-

Origin of dactyl-

Greek daktyl-, daktylo-, from daktylos


Medical Dictionary

dactyl

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noun dac·tyl \ˈdak-təl\

Medical Definition of dactyl

  1. :  a finger or toe




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