Dactylic
Dactylic Dac*tyl"ic, n. 1. A line consisting chiefly or wholly of dactyls; as, these lines are dactylics. [1913 Webster]

2. pl. Dactylic meters. [1913 Webster]


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  • Dactylic — Dac*tyl ic (d[a^]k*t[i^]l [i^]k), a. [L. dactylicus, Gr. daktyliko s, fr. da ktylos.] Pertaining to, consisting chiefly or wholly of, dactyls; as, dactylic verses. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dactylic — [dak til′ik] adj. of or made up of dactyls n. a dactylic line of poetry …   English World dictionary

  • dactylic — (adj.) 1580s, from L. dactylicus, from Gk. daktylikos, from daktylos pertaining to a dactyl (see DACTYL (Cf. dactyl)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • dactylic — dactylically, adv. /dak til ik/, adj. 1. of, containing, or characterized by dactyls: dactylic hexameter; a dactylic line. 2. of a dactyl. n. 3. a dactylic verse. [1580 90; < L dactylicus < Gk daktylikós. See DACTYL, IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • dactylic — 1. adjective /dæk.ˈtɪ.lɪk/ a) of or consisting of dactyls. b) of a dactyl. 2. noun /dæk.ˈtɪ.lɪk/ a dactylic verse …   Wiktionary

  • dactylic — /dækˈtɪlɪk/ (say dak tilik) adjective 1. of or characterised by dactyls. 2. of a dactyl. –noun 3. a dactylic verse …   Australian English dictionary

  • dactylic — dactyl ► NOUN Poetry ▪ a metrical foot consisting of one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables. DERIVATIVES dactylic adjective. ORIGIN Greek daktulos finger (the three bones of the finger corresponding to the three syllables) …   English terms dictionary

  • dactylic — adj. & n. adj. of or using dactyls. n. (usu. in pl.) dactylic verse. Etymology: L dactylicus f. Gk daktulikos (as DACTYL) …   Useful english dictionary

  • dactylic — adjective or noun see dactyl …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dactylic — dac·tyl·ic || dæk tɪlɪk adj. of or pertaining to a dactyl (division of poetry with an accented syllable before two unaccented syllables) …   English contemporary dictionary

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