< /ˈdæk tɪˌlaɪ/. Classical Mythology.

  1. any of a number of beings dwelling on Mount Ida and working as metalworkers and magicians.

  1. a combining form meaning “finger,” “toe,” used in the formation of compound words: dactylomegaly.

  1. variant of -dactylous, especially with nouns: pterodactyl.


  1. Also called: dactylic prosody a metrical foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short (– ◡ ◡)Compare bacchius
  2. zoology any digit of a vertebrate

combining form

  1. 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.


  1. A finger or toe; digit.


  1. Digit:dactylomegaly.

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