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Mar 1, 2013
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Words made with combining forms

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logophile
homologous
hagiarchy
archetype
dactylography

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with Anu Garg

dactylography

PRONUNCIATION:
(dak-tuh-LOG-ruh-fee)

MEANING:
noun: The study of fingerprints as a means of identification.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek dactylo- (finger or toe) + -graphy (writing). Earliest documented use: 1884.

USAGE:
"Michael Danforth has testified making the case for the use of dactylography not anthropometry, as the primary means for England to keep track of its criminals."
Gerri Brightwell; The Dark Lantern: A Novel; Crown; 2008.

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