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Oxford English Dictionary on CD-ROM,  2nd edition (December 1999)

Need we say more?  This is the best source of etymology on a large scale, not to mention history of usage, variant spellings, and more.  This version of the dictionary is searchable.

NOTE: there are hardware requirements, and the dictionary must be run from the CD.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Deluxe Audio Edition on CD-ROM

Now you can hear definitive pronunciations from "America's Voice of Authority". This is the ideal computerized reference for students, educators, professionals, and word-tamers--anyone who works with words or who just loves them. Includes the complete text of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus and more than 1,000 color illustrations on CD-ROM. "In this compelling computerized version of the venerated dictionary, a user has a wonderful writing productivity tool . . . "--The Washington Post. 

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