Definitions for dactylic

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dac•tylˈdæk 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


    Category: Prosody

  2. a finger or toe.

    Category: Anatomy

Origin of dactyl:

1350–1400; ME < L dactylus < Gk dáktylos finger



  1. pterodactyl.

    Category: Affix

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dactylic(adj)

    of or consisting of dactyls

    "dactylic meter"


  1. dactylic(Noun)

    a dactylic verse.

  2. dactylic(Adjective)

    of or consisting of dactyls.

  3. dactylic(Adjective)

    of a dactyl.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dactylic(adj)

    pertaining to, consisting chiefly or wholly of, dactyls; as, dactylic verses

  2. Dactylic(noun)

    a line consisting chiefly or wholly of dactyls; as, these lines are dactylics

  3. Dactylic(noun)

    dactylic meters


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