1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Finger

FINGER, one of the five members with which the hand is terminated, a digit; sometimes the word is restricted to the four digits other than the thumb. The word is common to Teutonic languages, cf. Dutch vinger and Ger. Finger; probably the ultimate origin is to be found in the root of the words appearing in Greek ", Lat. quinque, five. (See Skeleton: Appendicular.)