1. Pertaining to dactyl; dactylic.
2. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to a finger or toe, or to the claw of an insect crustacean.
(Dac"tyl*et) n. [Dactyl + et.] A dactyl. [Obs.]
(Dac*tyl"ic) a. [L. dactylicus, Gr. , fr. .] Pertaining to, consisting chiefly or wholly of, dactyls; as,
1. A line consisting chiefly or wholly of dactyls; as, these lines are dactylics.
2. pl. Dactylic meters.
(Dac*tyl"i*o*glyph) n. [Gr. daktyliogly`fos an engraver of gems; dakty`lios finger ring
(fr. da`ktylos finger) + gly`fein to engrave.] (Fine Arts) (a) An engraver of gems for rings and other
ornaments. (b) The inscription of the engraver's name on a finger ring or gem.
(Dac*tyl`i*og"ly*phy) n. The art or process of gem engraving.
(Dac*tyl`i*og"ra*phy) n. [Gr. dakty`lios finger ring + -graphy.] (Fine Arts) (a) The art
of writing or engraving upon gems. (b) In general, the literature or history of the art.
(Dac*tyl`i*ol"o*gy) n. [Gr. dakty`lios finger ring + -logy.] (Fine Arts) (a) That branch
of archæology which has to do with gem engraving. (b) That branch of archæology which has to do with
(Dac*tyl"i*o*man`cy) n. [Gr. dakty`lios + -mancy.] Divination by means of finger rings.
(Dac"tyl*ist) n. A writer of dactylic verse.
(||Dac`tyl*i"tis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. da`ktylos finger + -itis.] (Med.) An inflammatory affection of
the fingers. Gross.
(Dac`tyl*ol"o*gy) n. [Gr. da`ktylos finger + -logy.] The art of communicating ideas by
certain movements and positions of the fingers; a method of conversing practiced by the deaf and
There are two different manual alphabets, the one- hand alphabet (which was perfected by Abbé de
l'Epée, who died in 1789), and the two-hand alphabet. The latter was probably based on the manual
alphabet published by George Dalgarus of Aberdeen, in 1680. See Illustration in Appendix.
(Dac*tyl"o*man`cy) n. Dactyliomancy. [R.] Am. Cyc.
(Dac`tyl*on"o*my) n. [Gr. da`ktylos finger + no`mos law, distribution.] The art of numbering
or counting by the fingers.
(Dac`tyl*op"ter*ous) a. [Gr. da`ktylos finger + wing, fin.] (Zoöl.) Having the inferior
rays of the pectoral fins partially or entirely free, as in the gurnards.
(||Dac`ty*lo*the"ca) n. [NL., fr. Gr. da`ktylos finger, toe + qh`kh case, box.] (Zoöl.) The
scaly covering of the toes, as in birds.
(Dac`tyl*o*zo"oid) n. [Gr. da`ktylos finger + E. zooid.] (Zoöl.) A kind of zooid of Siphonophora
which has an elongated or even vermiform body, with one tentacle, but no mouth. See Siphonophora.