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Meaning of DACTYL

Pronunciation:  'daktl

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

DACTYL is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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. mer\b6ciful; -- 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

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Refers to a digit, a finger, or a toe.
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