dactylus etymology

Latin word dactylus comes from Ancient Greek δάκτυλος

Detailed word origin of dactylus

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
δάκτυλος Ancient Greek (grc)
dactylus Latin (lat) (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. A kind of grape. A precious stone. A sort of grass. A sort of muscle. The date (New Latin) finger-like; fingered.