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Is there a software library for an English language dictionary or word list?

Asked by LostInParadise (29000points) June 10th, 2019

What I am thinking of is a piece of software that would allow you to traverse the words in English and allow you to write a program to select the words having a certain characteristic. Estimates I have seen for the number of English words are under 200,000, which could be accessed in a very short time on a home computer.

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I’m pretty sure it’s easy to find an English dictionary file as a CSV. Of course you’d have to write the code to pull it into a list and then run operations on that list. With about 200k items, that actually should be reasonably quick to do.

I once wrote a script that imported macOS’s built-in dictionary and then iterated through it to find all of the palindromes and didn’t recall it taking very long to run.

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I found the library nltk for Python for natural language processing and found a Web site that told how to load the dictionary that the library uses. I was curious to find the longest word with no repeating letters. The best I could do on my own was the 13 letter word unproblematic. There was no noticeable delay when I ran the program. It returned the 15 letter word dermatoglyphics, which is the study of the ridges of fingers and toes, which I am guessing are fingerprints and toe-prints.

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