Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In crustaceans, the seventh and last (distal) segment of a limb; a dactylus. It is the last segment of a developed endopodite, succeeding the propodite, forming in a chelate limb, as of the lobster, with a process of the propodite, the nippers or pincers of the claw. See cut under
“The chelæ were measured from the inner angle of the joint of the protopodite to the angle of articulation with the dactylopodite.”
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