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Is there any where that I can download the database/dictionary for word families? For example one line of it will have something like this:

Pellucid, pellucidity, pellucidly, pellucidness

A top google search gives me the Word Family Framework of British Council. But it only contains popular words. I also have tried all the links in Is there an online sample sentence database or search engine? question, but they don't give me what I need.

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    I'm voting to close this question because It's a request for resources. – Brian Hitchcock Sep 2 '15 at 10:49
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    Don't (good) dictionaries do this? – Max Williams Jul 18 '16 at 10:59
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    @Ooker ~ good point, I didn't even look through it haha. How about this one: enroots.neocities.org Has 28000 word families supposedly – user180089 Jul 20 '16 at 18:07
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    @Ooker Yes, aspell is a spell checker but it is complex enough to print out things. You can get a word list from it, it has a list of suffixes, so I'm guessing that there might be a way to print off roots possibly and maybe the legal suffixes for each root, I don't know, just a suggestion to research. As to 'leal' I probably meant 'all'. – Mitch Jul 21 '16 at 15:10
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    I’m voting to close this question because it is a question suited to ELU.Meta rather than ELU. And showing instances of other questions going against site policy isn't respecting the site. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 19 '20 at 18:23
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This page has a list of ~28,000 word families: http://enroots.neocities.org/

"This list is a combination of lists 1 to 25, 32 and 33 of the BNC/COCA word family lists by Paul Nation. Nonsense words (lists 26 to 30), proper nouns (list 31) and abbreviations (list 34) were not included."


If you'd like all 34 lists then check out the links at the bottom of this page: http://www.laurenceanthony.net/software/antwordprofiler/

specifically the link: "BNC/COCA family lists + extras (Version 2.00)"

More information on the word families by Paul Nation: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/about/staff/publications/paul-nation/Information-on-the-BNC_COCA-word-family-lists.pdf

Paul Nation home page: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/about/staff/paul-nation

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  • searching for "english word families" and the result shows up in page 3... – Ooker Jul 21 '16 at 9:44
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The OED can be interrogated with the search term, for example, pellucid*

  1. pellucid, adj. and n. 1563 ...Transmitting or allowing the passage of light; translucent, transparent....
  2. pellucid zone in pellucid, adj. and n. 1890 ...= zona pellucidazona....
  3. pellucidity, n. 1642 ...The quality or condition of being pellucid; transparency, clarity, lucidity. Now chiefly figurative....
  4. pellucidly, adv. 1754 ...In a pellucid manner; transparently, clearly, lucidly. Now frequently figurative....
  5. pellucidness, n. 1684 ...Pellucid quality or condition; pellucidity....
  6. † pellucido-, comb. form 1847 ...Forming adjectives with the sense ‘pellucidly’....
  7. pellucido-punctate in † pellucido-, comb. form 1847 ...marked with pellucid spots....
  8. pellucid-punctulate in punctulate, adj.

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