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Dactyl   Listen
noun
dactyl  n.  
1.
(Pros.) A poetical foot of three sylables, one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented; as, E. merciful; so called from the similarity of its arrangement to that of the joints of a finger. (Written also dactyle)
2.
(Zool.)
(a)
A finger or toe; a digit.
(b)
The claw or terminal joint of a leg of an insect or crustacean.






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"Dactyl" Quotes from Famous Books



... are to a constable as a plot of cabbages or a radish bed to the garden of the Louvre. What matters it, after all? human life, for the great as well as for us, is a mixture of good and evil. Pain is always by the side of joy, the spondee by the dactyl.—Master, I must relate to you the history of the Barbeau mansion. It ends in tragic fashion. It was in 1319, in the reign of Philippe V., the longest reign of the kings of France. The moral of the story is that the temptations of the flesh are pernicious ...
— Notre-Dame de Paris - The Hunchback of Notre Dame • Victor Hugo



Words linked to "Dactyl" :   minimus, member, nail, appendage, dactylic, toe, vertebrate



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