< /ˈdæk tɪˌlaɪ/. Classical Mythology.
- any of a number of beings dwelling on Mount Ida and working as metalworkers and magicians.
- a combining form meaning “finger,” “toe,” used in the formation of compound words: dactylomegaly.
- variant of -dactylous, especially with nouns: pterodactyl.
- Also called: dactylic prosody a metrical foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short (– ◡ ◡)Compare bacchius
- zoology any digit of a vertebrate
- finger or toedactylogram
metrical foot, late 14c., from Greek dactylos, literally “finger” (also “toe”), of unknown origin; the metrical use (a long syllable followed by two short ones) is by analogy with the three joints of a finger.
- A finger or toe; digit.