dactyl

noun
dac·tyl | \ ˈdak-tᵊl , -ˌtil \

Definition of dactyl 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

dactyl-

combining form
variants: or dactylo-

Definition of dactyl- (Entry 2 of 2)

: finger : toe : digit dactylology

Other words from dactyl

Noun

dactylic \dak-ˈti-lik \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of dactyl

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dactyl

Noun

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

Combining form

Greek daktyl-, daktylo-, from daktylos

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dactyl

noun
dac·tyl | \ ˈdak-tᵊl \

Medical Definition of dactyl 

: a finger or toe

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