Robertson's Words for a Modern Age:
A Dictionary of English Vocabulary Words Derived Primarily from Latin and Greek Sources, Presented Individually and in Family Units.

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This site currently contains over 3,660 family-word units which contain more than 71,000 listed main-entry English words primarily derived from Latin and Greek roots, prefixes, and suffixes; as well as, additional vocabulary-related information.

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