dactylus

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek δάκτυλος (daktulos, a finger, a dactyl); hence the metonymy.

Noun[edit]

dactylus m (genitive dactylī); second declension

  1. a sort of muscle
  2. a kind of grape
  3. a sort of grass
  4. a precious stone
  5. the date
  6. (in metre) a dactyl (-- ~ ~), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented; this came to be in an allusion to the three joints of the finger

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative dactylus dactylī
genitive dactylī dactylōrum
dative dactylō dactylīs
accusative dactylum dactylōs
ablative dactylō dactylīs
vocative dactyle dactylī

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