Etymology
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dactyl (n.)

metrical foot, late 14c., from Latin dactylus, from Greek daktylos, a unit of measure (a finger-breadth), also "a fruit of the date tree, a date," literally "finger" (also "toe"), a word of unknown origin. The metrical use (a long syllable followed by two short ones) is by analogy with the three joints of a finger. In English versification it refers to an accented syllable followed by two unaccented. The "date" sense also sometimes was used in early Modern English.

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Definitions of dactyl

dactyl (n.)
a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables;
dactyl (n.)
a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates;
Synonyms: digit
From wordnet.princeton.edu