dactylus

noun
dac·​ty·​lus | \ ˈdaktələs \
plural dactyli\ -​ˌlī \

Definition of dactylus

2 : the part consisting of one or more joints of the tarsus of certain insects following the enlarged and modified first joint

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History and Etymology for dactylus

New Latin, from Greek daktylos finger, toe

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“Dactylus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dactylus. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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