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Old 08-03-2006, 01:01 PM   #1
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Etymological dictionary?

Anyone know of a dictionary (an extension to ispell, perhaps?) that can give etymology? This is for an etymological-analysis project, so my code will have many books worth of words to look up, and so I'd really prefer not to use a website that lets you look up one word at a time.


Old 08-04-2006, 09:58 AM   #2
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This any good??
Old 08-09-2006, 05:09 PM   #3
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Thanks, lugoteehalt, edict seems like a pretty cool idea. Note, though, that it still looks up each word from right when you query it (doesn't cache words).

What I finally did, for anyone who cares: the books I want to analyze are available in plain text, so I awked out a list of all the unique words in the books (turned out to be only around 5,000 of them), and wrote a script to query for each word and cache the results locally. Even with a 10-second pause between words to be nice, it took less than a day, and now I can do my analysis at leisure.


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