Definition of dactyl noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

dactyl

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈdæktɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæktɪl//
 
(specialist) Poetry
 
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a unit of sound in poetry consisting of one strong or long syllable followed by two weak or short syllables See related entries: Poetry Word Origin late Middle English: via Latin from Greek daktulos, literally ‘finger’ (the three bones of the finger corresponding to the three syllables).
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