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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.