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To illustrate a simple example, when I encounter the word "claustrophobia", what I already knew is the left part "claustro-" means "small and enclosed", and I want to discover if "-phobia" has a fixed meaning of "fear". So if I have a word-list, I can search all the words that has "-phobia" and look up their meanings to confirm my guess.

Perhaps there are other reasons I need a word-list. For example, I sometimes want to discover questions like which words has the form "xxyyzz" (like bookkeeper) or which words has the part "ijk" (Dijkstra).

I've found a few word-lists but they are too small to include more complicated words like names of famous person and places, technical terms or obscure words.

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closed as not constructive by Thursagen, JSBձոգչ, MrHen, waiwai933 Jul 29 '11 at 5:17

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I think this is a little bit too broad, as well as general reference – Thursagen Jul 28 '11 at 5:07
I think that ultimately you are actually looking for a dictionary/encyclopedia which can be searched using regular expressions. – Henry Jul 28 '11 at 6:53
is this what you ask?english.stackexchange.com/questions/23322/… – Theta30 Jul 28 '11 at 7:27
That's a good suggestion @Bogdan – Thursagen Jul 28 '11 at 7:51

I think the Regex Dictionary (as Bogdan Lataianu suggested) is pretty much fine for my requirements. It accepts regular expressions and searches in the American Heritage Dictionary, which has a sufficient number of words.

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