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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.
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]
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]
var. of -dactylous, esp. with nouns: pterodactyl.
dactyl- Your dactyls are your toes.
See also related terms for toes.
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
A metrical foot of one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones.
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|Noun||1.||dactyl - a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables|
|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