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One of the Earliest Classical Arabic Dictionaries Known:

KITAB AL-AYN كتاب العين - Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farhidi [d. 174/791]

Source 1

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"The dictionary was not arranged alphabetically but rather by phonetics, following the pattern of pronunciation of the Arabic alphabet from the deepest letter of the throat (ayn) to the last letter pronounced by the lips, that being م (mėm)"

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Source 2

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