What does dactyl mean?

Definitions for dactylˈdæk tɪl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dactyl(noun)

    a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables

  2. digit, dactyl(noun)

    a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates


  1. dactyl(Noun)

    A poetical foot of three syllables (u2014 ~ ~), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented.

  2. Origin: From δάκτυλος, three bones of the finger corresponding to three syllables.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dactyl(noun)

    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

  2. Dactyl(noun)

    a finger or toe; a digit

  3. Dactyl(noun)

    the claw or terminal joint of a leg of an insect or crustacean

  4. Origin: [L. dactylus, Gr. da`ktylos a finger, a dactyl. Cf. Digit.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dactyl

    dak′til, n. in Latin and Greek poetry, a foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short, so called from its likeness to the joints of a finger; in English, a foot of three syllables, with the first accented, as mer'rily, vi'olate.—adjs. Dac′tylar, Dactyl′ic, relating to or consisting chiefly of dactyls.—ns. Dactyl′iomancy, divination by means of a finger-ring; Dac′tylist; Dactylog′raphy, the science of finger-rings; Dactylol′ogy, the art of talking with the fingers, like the deaf and dumb. [L. dactylus—Gr. daktylos, a finger.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dactyl in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dactyl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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