Origin of -dactylous
Words nearby -dactylous
WORDS THAT USE -DACTYLOUS
What does -dactylous mean?
The combining form -dactylous is used like a suffix with two related meanings. Depending on the context, it can mean “fingered, possessing fingers” or “toed, possessing toes.” Essentially, -dactylous means “having digits.” It is occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in anatomy and zoology.
The form -dactylous comes from Greek dáktylos, meaning “finger” or “toe,” combined with -ous, a suffix used to create adjectives from nouns, from Latin -ōsus, “full of.” In poetry, the metrical foot known as a dactyl also derives from this same Greek root. Learn more at our entry for dactyl.
What are variants of –dactylous?
While not a variant of –dactylous, -dactyly is also related to this form. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article for these combining forms.
Examples of -dactylous
One example of a scientific term that features the form -dactylous is monodactylous, “having only one digit or claw.”
You may have come across the form mono- before; it means “alone, single, one,” from Greek mónos. The form -dactylous means “having digits.” Monodactylous literally translates to “having a single digit.”
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