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- A poetical foot of three sylables (-- ~ ~), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Dac"tyl (?), n. [L. dactylus,
Gr. da`ktylos a finger, a dactyl. Cf. Digit.]
1. (Pros.) A poetical foot of three
sylables (— ⌣ ⌣), one long followed by two short,
or one accented followed by two unaccented; as, L.
tëgm&ibreve;n&ebreve;, E. mer\b6ciful; -- so
called from the similarity of its arrangement to that of the joints
of a finger. [Written also dactyle.]
2. (Zoöl.) (a) A
finger or toe; a digit. (b) The claw or
terminal joint of a leg of an insect or crustacean.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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