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In most theories of linguistics, human languages are thought to consist of two parts: a lexicon, essentially a catalogue of a given language’s words (its wordstock), and a grammar, a system of rules which allow for the combination of those words into meaningful sentences.
The CM Tooltip can be used as a lexicon to hold all the words to be defined. Once merged with Merriam Webster or Google Translate using the API it can also suggest meanings to this words

Lexicon (Wikipedia)

A lexicon is the vocabulary of a person, language, or branch of knowledge (such as nautical or medical). In linguistics, a lexicon is a language's inventory of lexemes. The word "lexicon" derives from the Greek λεξικόν (lexicon), neuter of λεξικός (lexikos) meaning "of or for words."

Linguistic theories generally regard human languages as consisting of two parts: a lexicon, essentially a catalogue of a language's words (its wordstock); and a grammar, a system of rules which allow for the combination of those words into meaningful sentences. The lexicon is also thought to include bound morphemes, which cannot stand alone as words (such as most affixes). In some analyses, compound words and certain classes of idiomatic expressions and other collocations are also considered to be part of the lexicon. Dictionaries represent attempts at listing, in alphabetical order, the lexicon of a given language; usually, however, bound morphemes are not included.

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