Entertainment / Literature / Dactyl: A three-syllable foot consisting of a heavy stress and two light stresses. Examples of words in English that naturally constitute dactyls include strawberry, carefully, changeable, merrily, mannequin, tenderly, prominent, buffalo, glycerin, notable, scorpion, tedious, horrible, and parable. Verses written in feet that follow this pattern are said to be in dactylic meter. For further discussion, see meter, or click here for a PDF handout contrasting dactyls and other types of feet.

Double Dactyl

Entertainment / Literature / Double Dactyl: A comic verse written with two quatrains, with each line written in dactylic dimeter. The second line may be a name, and the sixth or seventh line may be a single word. J. A. Cuddon's poem, 'Nicholas MORE


Science / Biology / Campodactyly: A dominant trait in which a muscle is improperly attached to bones in the little finger, causing the finger to be permanently bent. MORE

Falling Metre

Life Style / Poetry / Falling Metre: Trochees and dactyls, i.e., a stressed syllable followed by one or two unstressed syllables. MORE