From Ancient Greek δάκτυλος (dáktulos, “a finger, a dactyl”); hence the metonymy, after the three bones of the finger.
dactylus m (genitive dactylī); second declension
- a sort of muscle
- a kind of grape
- a sort of grass
- a precious stone
- the date
- (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
dactylus m (feminine dactyla, neuter dactylum); first/second declension
- (New Latin) finger-like; fingered.