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Erya (爾雅, Chinese: Eryǎ)

The first encyclopedia, thesaurus, and also, dictionary of Chinese characters ever compiled, dated at 3rd century B.C, considered to be a lexicographic guide to Chinese classic inscriptions during the Han dynasty (漢朝 206 B.C. – 220 C.E.). It is a collection of glosses gathered from ancient texts, consisting of over 13000 characters in total. The author is unknown.

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