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 History of this Word

"dactyl" is from "daktulos" (finger) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
didactyl
perissodactyl
zygodactyl
heterodactyl

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-dactyl" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates "fingers or toes of a particular type or number". Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-dactyl illustration Animals exhibiting serious genetic flaws such as adactyl should not be registered or used for breeding.
-dactyl illustration Others attributed them to middle digit impressions of bipedal dinosaurs, or to mud-collapsed specimens of typical tridactyl (three-toed) dinosaur tracks.