Dactyl

(Will). The “smallest of pedants.”(Steele: The Tatler.)

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.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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