• WordNet 3.6
    • n Dactylis a monocotyledonous grass of the family Gramineae (has only one species)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dactylis A genus of grasses, of about a dozen species, growing in the cooler temperate regions of the old world. D. glomerata is a valuable meadow-grass of Europe and the United States, known as orchard-grass from its growing well in the shade, and as cocksfoot-grass from the one-sided arrangement of its dense spikelets. It is a tall and rather stout perennial, with a tendency to form tussocks, yielding excellent hay, and making fine pasturage when grown with other grasses.
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In literature:

And he's got dactylis on him.
"The Trimmed Lamp" by O. Henry
Tertius est ex Idaeis Dactylis, cui inferias afferunt.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)" by Jacob Bryant
This was into right and left, and the general name of Dactyli, Fingers, was given them.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray