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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: dactylus, from Greek daktylos 'finger' (because of the length of the three finger-joints)

dactyl

noun
     
Related topics: Literature
dac‧tyl [countable]
AL a repeated sound pattern in poetry, consisting of one long sound followed by two short sounds, as in the word 'carefully'
dactylic adjective

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