Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having five fingers or toes on each hand or foot.

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  • adj. Having five digits on a limb.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having five digits to the hand or foot.
  • adj. Having five appendages resembling fingers or toes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having five digits, as fingers or toes; quinquedigitate. Also pentadactylous.
  • n. A pentadactyl or quinquedigitate animal: any member of the Pentadactyla.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin pentadactylus, from Greek pentadaktulos : penta-, penta- + daktulos, finger.

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penta- + Ancient Greek δάκτυλος (dáktulos, "a finger").

Examples

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  • "A flier like a great locust thrummed overhead; I watched it until it was out of sight, feeling the ghost of the strange wind blown from the pentadactyls that had attacked our cavalry at Orithyia." -- Gene Wolfe, The Urth of the New Sun

    October 1, 2008