noun \ˈdak-təl, -ˌtil\

Definition of DACTYL

:  a metrical foot consisting of one long and two short syllables or of one stressed and two unstressed syllables (as in tenderly)
dac·tyl·ic \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

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noun \ˈdak-təl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DACTYL

: a finger or toe


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