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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dak-til]
    • /ˈdæk tɪl/
    • /ˈdæk.tɪl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dak-til]
    • /ˈdæk tɪl/

Definitions of dactyl word

  • noun dactyl a metrical foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short (– ◡ ◡) 3
  • noun dactyl any digit of a vertebrate 3
  • noun dactyl a metrical foot consisting, in Greek and Latin verse, of one long syllable followed by two short ones, or, as in English verse, of one accented syllable followed by two unaccented ones (Ex.: “táke hĕr ŭp | téndĕrl57448”) 3
  • noun dactyl a finger or toe 3
  • noun dactyl Prosody. a foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short in quantitative meter, or one stressed followed by two unstressed in accentual meter, as in gently and humanly. Symbol: . 1
  • noun dactyl a finger or toe. 1

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Origin of dactyl

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin dactylus < Greek dáktylos finger, a dactyl, referring to the three joints of the finger

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Parts of speech for Dactyl


dactyl popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for dactyl

noun dactyl

  • appendage — An appendage is something that is joined to or connected with something larger or more important.
  • digit — a finger or toe.
  • phalanges — a plural of phalanx.
  • phalanx — (in ancient Greece) a group of heavily armed infantry formed in ranks and files close and deep, with shields joined and long spears overlapping.

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