Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

dactyl(o)-

Fingers or toes.

[Greek daktulos, finger.]

A person with dactylomegaly (Greek megas, megal-, great) has one or more abnormally large fingers or toes; dactylitis is inflammation of a finger or toe; dactylology is the representation of speech by finger movements, sign language; dactylography is the study of fingerprints for identifying individuals. A dactyl is a unit of poetical metre consisting of three syllables, so called from the three bones of a finger that are taken to represent the three syllables; the associated adjective is dactylic.

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