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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dactylicadjective

    of or consisting of dactyls

    "dactylic meter"


  1. dactylicnoun

    a dactylic verse.

  2. dactylicadjective

    of or consisting of dactyls.

  3. dactylicadjective

    of a dactyl.


  1. dactylic

    Dactylic is a term used in poetry and music that refers to a metrical pattern based on a rhythm that consists of one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables. It is named after the ancient Greek word "daktylos", meaning finger, since it mimics the three phalanges of the human finger. This rhythm is most commonly found in classical Greek and Latin poetry. Dactylic patterns can be found in entire works or used sparingly for effect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dactylicadjective

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

  2. Dactylicnoun

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

  3. Dactylicnoun

    dactylic meters

  4. Etymology: [L. dactylicus, Gr. daktyliko`s, fr. da`ktylos.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dactylic in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dactylic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  • δακτυλικόςGreek

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