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dactyle


dactyle


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dactyl  \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 
  crustacean.