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  • Oxford English Dictionary
    Find the meaning, history and pronunciation of more than a half million words, both present and past.
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary 
    Find pronunciation, etymology, date, function, and definitions. Offers alternative words if your entry is misspelled.


Britannica Online Academic Edition
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  • Gale Virtual Reference Library 
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