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dac·tyl

 (dăk′təl)
n.
1.
a. A metrical foot consisting of one accented syllable followed by two unaccented, as in flattery.
b. A metrical foot in quantitative verse consisting of one long syllable followed by two short syllables.
2. A finger, toe, or similar part or structure; a digit.

[Middle English dactil, from Latin dactylus, from Greek daktulos, finger, toe, dactyl (the three syllables of a dactyl being likened to the three phalanges of a finger ).]

dac·tyl′ic (-tĭl′ĭk) adj. & n.
dac·tyl′i·cal·ly adv.

dactyl

(ˈdæktɪl)
n
1. (Poetry) prosody Also called: dactylic a metrical foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short (¯˘˘). Compare bacchius
2. (Anatomy) zoology any digit of a vertebrate
[C14: via Latin from Greek daktulos finger, dactyl, comparing the finger's three joints to the three syllables]

dac•tyl

(ˈdæk tɪl)

n.
1. a prosodic foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short in quantitative meter, or one stressed followed by two unstressed in accentual meter, as in humanly.
2. a finger or toe.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin dactylus < Greek dáktylos finger]
dac•tyl′ic, adj.

-dactyl

var. of -dactylous, esp. with nouns: pterodactyl.

dactyl

- Your dactyls are your toes.
See also related terms for toes.

dactyl

a digit; a finger or toe. See also measurement.
See also: Fingers and Toes
a foot of three syllables, the flrst long or accented, the following two short or unaccented. — dactylist, n. — dactylic, adj.
See also: Verse

dactyl

A metrical foot of one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dactyl - a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables
metrical foot, metrical unit, foot - (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
2.dactyl - a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates
craniate, vertebrate - animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium
phalanx - any of the bones of the fingers or toes
appendage, extremity, member - an external body part that projects from the body; "it is important to keep the extremities warm"
minimus - the fifth digit; the little finger or little toe
finger - any of the terminal members of the hand (sometimes excepting the thumb); "her fingers were long and thin"
toe - one of the digits of the foot
nail - horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits
Translations

dactyl

[ˈdæktɪl] Ndáctilo m

dactyl

n (Zool) → Zehe f, → Finger m; (Liter) → Daktylus m

dac·tyl

n. dáctilo, dedo de la mano o del pie.
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Ambulatory legs 1-4 (pereiopods 2-5) similar in females, somewhat unequal and longer in males, dactyli slender in both sexes, longer in males, third longest in male, fourth longest in female; third ambulatory leg longest in males, second and third ambulatory legs subequal and longest in females.
Armases species have a flattened and slightly broader than long carapace, long propodi, and short dactyli in the legs for climbing the tree stem (VANNINI et al.
IK, M) all tiny, though slightly larger posteriorly, arrayed along lateral margins of pereon and extending little beyond those margins, pereopods 1 and 2 clustered closely together, and pereopods 6 and 7 similarly clustered on both sides; all articles of all pereopods separate, dactyli reduced and blunt anteriorly (Fig.
Porphyry, VP 17) Going to Crete, Pythagoras besought initiation from the priests of Morgos, one of the Idaean Dactyli, by whom he was purified with the keraunia lithos.
Ademas de los bosques riparios, tambien se encuentran zarzales de Rosetum micrantho-agrestis y como etapas herbaceas los juncales churreros de Holoschoenetum vulgaris y los fenalares de Mantisalco salmanticae-Brachypodietum phoenicoidis, convertidos por el pisoteo del ganado en gramales de Trifolio fragiferi-Cynodontetum dactyli.
Mature males of this species can be easily recognized by the propodus and dactyli subequal in length to the palm, covered by a dense velvety pubescence.
Cuando la sequia es extrema y muy prolongada se origina un aumento en el nivel de las sales, que determina las condiciones ecologicas optimas para el desarrollo del Cynodetum dactyli.
These characters, which include carapace shape and color, sizes of spines, and sh ape of the dactyli of the walking legs (Manning and Holthuis, 1984, 1989) are mostly morphometric.
Then in September the International Astronomical Union approved the permanent name Dactyl, derived from beings in Greek mythology called Dactyli who lived on Mount Ida in the company of Zeus.
Dactyli of P2-P5 slightly curved at tip, relative length 3 > 4 > 2 > 5, those of P3 subequal to or longer than respective propodi.