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, dactylic verses.

(Dac*tyl"ic), n.

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 finger rings.

(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 dumb.

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.

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