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Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

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The online version of the Oxford English Dictionary contains all work to date of the third edition, reflecting daily updates and revisions. Also includes the full-text of the second edition, and a historical thesaurus. 
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Language and Literature, Linguistics, Reference, Dictionaries
Contains the complete text of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition. The following information is provided for each word: etymology, definition, part of speech, date of origination, pronunciation, quotation, and cross-references.
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