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Word Meanings & Origins

Resources provided by the Cooper Union library:

Other resources:

Concise versions of French, German, Irish, Italian, Latin, Spanish, and Welsh bilingual dictionaries online.

Mandarin Chinese to English and English to Mandarin Chinese online dictionary.

Language reference materials for Southeast Asia.

An online resource for samples and research on endangered languages.



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