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



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 Originlate Middle English: via Latin from Greek daktulos, literally ‘finger’ (the three bones of the finger corresponding to the three syllables).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dactyl