Definitions for: Dactyl


[n] a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding part in other vertebrates
[n] a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables



Webster (1913) Definition: Dac"tyl, n. [L. dactylus, Gr. da`ktylos a finger, a
dactyl. Cf. Digit.]
1. (Pros.) A poetical foot of three sylables (--- [crescent]
[crescent]), one long followed by two short, or one
accented followed by two unaccented; as, L.
t["e]gm[i^]n[e^], E. merb6ciful; -- so called from the
similarity of its arrangement to that of the joints of a
finger. [Written also dactyle.]

2. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A finger or toe; a digit.
(b) The claw or terminal joint of a leg of an insect or
crustacean.

Synonyms: digit

See Also: appendage, craniate, extremity, finger, foot, member, metrical foot, metrical unit, nail, phalanx, toe, vertebrate

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