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 Dactyl (Will).Dad or Daddy. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Dactyls (The).
Mythic beings to whom is ascribed the discovery of iron. Their number was originally three—the Smelter, the Hammer, and the Anvil; but was afterwards increased to five males and five females, whence their name Dactyls or Fingers.   1

 Dactyl (Will).Dad or Daddy. 

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