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(n.) The claw or terminal joint of a leg of an insect or crustacean.


(n.) A poetical foot of three sylables ( - ~ ~), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented; as, L. tegm/n/, E. merciful; - so called from the similarity of its arrangement to that of the joints of a finger.


(n.) A finger or toe; a digit.

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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Dactyl'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. 1828.

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