Definitions for dactylˈdæk tɪl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
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
a finger or toe.
Origin of dactyl:
1350–1400; ME < L dactylus < Gk dáktylos finger
Ref: var. of -dactylous , esp. with nouns
a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables
a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates
A poetical foot of three syllables (u2014 ~ ~), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented.
Origin: From δάκτυλος, three bones of the finger corresponding to three syllables.
a poetical foot of three sylables (-- ~ ~), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented; as, L. tegm/n/, E. mer6ciful; -- so called from the similarity of its arrangement to that of the joints of a finger
a finger or toe; a digit
the claw or terminal joint of a leg of an insect or crustacean