Historical thesaurus

What do billgnomon, and bowsprit have in common? When was dinner first used, and what did people say before?

The Historical Thesaurus is a way to explore the words used for a particular concept or meaning over time. It groups senses and words in the OED according to their subject, and orders them by date of first use. Read more about the Historical Thesaurus here.

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