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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.
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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]
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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.
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dactyl

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

A metrical foot of one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones.
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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
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Translations

dactyl

[ˈdæktɪl] Ndáctilo m
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dactyl

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

n. dáctilo, dedo de la mano o del pie.
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References in classic literature ?
Pain is always by the side of joy, the spondee by the dactyl.--Master, I must relate to you the history of the Barbeau mansion.
The abbe, who was quite innocent of Latin, nodded his head, in cadence, at every roll which La Fontaine impressed upon his body, according to the undulations of the dactyls and spondees.
It is therefore possible that another lost poem, the "Idaean Dactyls", which dealt with the discovery of metals and their working, was appended to, or even was a part of the "Great Works", just as the "Divination by Birds" was appended to the "Works and Days".
Ferulic acid (FA) has recently been shown to scavenge oxygen free radicals and increase the intracellular cAMP and cGMP and hence improve sperm motility in a study done by Zheng et al.5 Since FA is an active ingredient of Ajwa dates (Phoenix dactyl L), we recommend its use in the treatment of male infertility.
One such project is Dactyl, a robot that taught itself to flip a toy building block in its fingers.
"Dactyl learns to solve the object reorientation task entirely in simulation without any human input.
Whoops uses her surprising superhero powers to stop her evil neighbour, Doctor Dactyl, from pulling off the crime of the century.
He loosened his iambic pentameter by allowing himself an anapest or two, sometimes even three, in each line, but rarely a trochee (one stressed syllable followed by one unstressed) or dactyl (one stressed, two unstressed) except for the occasional traditional trochaic substitution at the start of a line.
a) Habitus, ventral view, b) trunk, dorsal view, c) trunk, dorsal view, d) trunk, ventral view, e, f) propodus and dactyl of leg 3; leg 3, entire.
attributed the high toughness and strength of mantis shrimp's dactyl club to its microstructure and unique arrangement of protein fibres within the structures.
The portrait of the filmmaker's friend Nakou that began the third night's order seemed to me to assign a different poetic meter to each shot: At first the image was syncopated in a bold dactyl of white light; then each new image flashed as the short syllable in various cinematic anapests, choriambuses, trochees, and bacchii.