I was wondering if Ubuntu comes with a file that lists all of the words in, say, the Webster's dictionary, for the purposes of spell checking and whatnot.

I looked around a bit and I couldn't find anything.

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The package wamerican has a word list for American English (installed in /usr/share/dict/american-english). There are dictionaries for other languages available, which you can find by searching the repositories for the desired language (e.g. wbritish has a word list for British English).

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    Anyone searching for a German wordlist: It's wngerman.
    – Christian
    Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 18:25
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    wamerican-insane has a lot of words. I used this to generate possible phone extensions.
    – user38537
    Commented Nov 16, 2019 at 6:05
  • This also creates a symlink /usr/share/dict/words
    – qwr
    Commented May 1 at 15:52

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