The Compact Oxford English Dictionary: v. 1-20 in 1v (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198612582

J. A. H. Murray; J. A. Simpson; E. S. C. Weiner
2402 Pages
355 x 600 mm
Pub date
Oct 1991
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  • The Oxford English Dictionary is an unrivalled guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words
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  • Historical in focus, each of the OED's entries contain the word's earliest known use, as well as later examples which help plot the word's subsequent development in English
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