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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

digit(i)-

A finger.

[Latin digitus, finger or toe.]

A mammal that is digitigrade (Latin -gradus, walking) walks on its toes, as a cat does, not touching the ground with its heels; something digitate is shaped like a spread hand; digital, literally relating to the fingers, now more commonly refers to signals or information represented by discrete values (the related Latin word digit has come to mean a numeral, because people counted on their fingers). It is found less obviously in digitalis, a drug from the dried leaves of foxgloves that stimulates the heart muscle; this derives from the modern Latin genus name of the foxglove, given it because the flower resembles a finger stall or thimble.

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