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LEXICON.
1. A work of REFERENCE listing and explaining words: Henry G. Liddell & Robert Scott, Greek–English Lexicon (1843). A lexicon is usually a dictionary that deals either with a classical or scriptural language or a technical or facetious subject ( Jonathon Green, The Cynic's Lexicon: A Dictionary of Amoral Advice, 1984). It may also, however, be a word list ( Roland Hindmarsh, The Cambridge English Lexicon, 1980) or a thematic work of lexical reference ( Tom McArthur, The Longman Lexicon of Contemporary English, 1981).

2. A term in especially American LINGUISTICS for the VOCABULARY of a language or sub-language, consisting of its stock of LEXEMES.

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lexicon

lex·i·con / ˈleksiˌkän; -kən/ • n. (pl. -cons or -ca / -kə/ ) 1. the vocabulary of a person, language, or branch of knowledge: the size of the English lexicon. ∎  a dictionary, esp. of Greek, Hebrew, Syriac, or Arabic: a Greek–Latin lexicon. 2. Linguistics the complete set of meaningful units in a language.

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lexicon

lexicon XVII. — modL. — Gr. lexikón, n. sg. of lexikós pert. to words, f. léxis phrase, word, f. légein speak; see LECTION.
So lexicographer, lexicography XVII.

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lexicon

lexiconblacken, bracken, slacken •Sri Lankan •Alaskan, Gascon, Madagascan, Nebraskan •Aachen, darken, hearken, kraken, Marcan, Petrarchan •Interlaken •beckon, Deccan, pekan, reckon •Mencken •awaken, bacon, betaken, forsaken, Jamaican, mistaken, partaken, shaken, taken, waken •godforsaken •archdeacon, beacon, Costa Rican, deacon, Dominican, Mohican, Mozambican, Puerto Rican, weaken •quicken, sicken, stricken, thicken, Wiccan •silken •Incan, Lincoln •brisken, Franciscan •barbican • Rubicon • Gallican •Anglican •Helicon, pelican •basilican, Millikan, silicon •publican • pantechnicon • Copernican •African • American • hurricane •lexicon, Mexican •Corsican • Vatican • liken •Brocken, Moroccan •falcon, Lorcan, Majorcan, Minorcan •Balcon, Balkan •gyrfalcon •awoken, bespoken, betoken, broken, foretoken, oaken, outspoken, plain-spoken, ryokan, spoken, token, woken •heartbroken •Lucan, toucan •Saarbrücken • Buchan • Vulcan •drunken, Duncan, shrunken, sunken •Etruscan, molluscan (US molluskan), Tuscan •Ardnamurchan • lochan

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