See also: dactyl-
From Latin dactylus, from Ancient Greek δάκτυλος (dáktulos, “a finger”), three bones of the finger corresponding to three syllables.
dactyl (plural dactyls)
- A metrical foot of three syllables (— ⏑ ⏑), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented.
- 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 1: Telemachus]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare and Company, […], →OCLC, part I [Telemachia], page 4:
- —My name is absurd too: Malachi Mulligan, two dactyls. But it has a Hellenic ring, hasn't it?
poetical foot of three syllables