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  • In Greek mythology, the Dactyls (from Greek Δάκτυλοι "fingers") were the archaic mythical race of small phallic male beings associated with the Great Mother, whether as Cybele or Rhea. The Dactyls of Mount Ida in Phrygia invented the art of working. — “Dactyl (mythology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org
  • A dactyl is a term used in formal English poetry to describe a trisyllablic metrical foot made up of one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones. Matador, realize, cereal and limerick as well as the word poetry itself are examples of words that are themselves dactyls. — “Double dactyl - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org
  • In quantitative verse, such as Greek or Latin, a dactyl is a long syllable followed by two short syllables, as determined by syllable weight. The word "poetry" is itself a dactyl, as pointed out in the New York Times Crossword. — “Dactyl (poetry) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org

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