Meaning of dactyl

dac•tyl

Pronunciation: (dak'til), [key]
— n.
  1. 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.
  2. a finger or toe.

Dac•tyl

Pronunciation: (dak'til), [key]
— pl. -tyls, -tyl•i
  1. any of a number of beings dwelling on Mount Ida and working as metalworkers and magicians.

-dactyl

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. var. ofesp. with nouns: pterodactyl.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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