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Having digits of a specified number or kind: zygodactyl.

[From Greek daktulos, finger, toe.]
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(ˈdæk tɪl)

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.


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