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Borrowed from Ancient Greek δάκτυλος (dáktulos, a finger, a dactyl).



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. (poetry) 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


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative dactylus dactylī
Genitive dactylī dactylōrum
Dative dactylō dactylīs
Accusative dactylum dactylōs
Ablative dactylō dactylīs
Vocative dactyle dactylī




dactylus (feminine dactyla, neuter dactylum); first/second declension

  1. (New Latin) finger-like; fingered.


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative dactylus dactyla dactylum dactylī dactylae dactyla
Genitive dactylī dactylae dactylī dactylōrum dactylārum dactylōrum
Dative dactylō dactylae dactylō dactylīs dactylīs dactylīs
Accusative dactylum dactylam dactylum dactylōs dactylās dactyla
Ablative dactylō dactylā dactylō dactylīs dactylīs dactylīs
Vocative dactyle dactyla dactylum dactylī dactylae dactyla



  • dactylus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • dactylus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • dactylus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • dactylus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • dactylus in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin