poly·​dac·​tyl | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈdak-tᵊl How to pronounce polydactyl (audio) \

Definition of polydactyl

: having or causing polydactyly

Examples of polydactyl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The polydactyl cat was born with feline dwarfism and other genetic mutations that kept her kitten-sized for her entire life, with huge eyes and a protruding tongue. NBC News, "Famed internet cat Lil Bub dies at age 8," 2 Dec. 2019 The ad for Bruno, a polydactyl Russian blue mix, appeared on the Facebook page of Wright-Way Rescue Wednesday and has since gone viral. Fox News, "Fat cat who sits on hind legs seeks adoption in viral social media post," 19 Aug. 2018 The anthropologists found three polydactyl individuals among the 96 skeletons, all with a sixth toe on the little toe-side of the right foot. Scott S. Warren, National Geographic, "Extra Fingers and Toes Were Revered in Ancient Culture," 25 July 2016

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First Known Use of polydactyl

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polydactyl

Greek polydaktylos, from poly- + daktylos digit

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The first known use of polydactyl was in 1827

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“Polydactyl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polydactyl. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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poly·​dac·​tyl | \ ˌpäl-i-ˈdak-tᵊl How to pronounce polydactyl (audio) \

Medical Definition of polydactyl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: characterized by polydactyly polydactyl strains of guinea pigsGenetics also : being a gene that determines polydactyly



Medical Definition of polydactyl (Entry 2 of 2)

: one having more than the normal number of toes or fingers

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