A pseudo-API for Dictionary.com that works by scraping its website.
dictcom is a simple Python package that extract dictionary info from Dictionary.com via web scraping. It can be thought of as an unofficial “API” for Dictionary.com.
dictcom is available on PyPI:
$ pip install dictcom
Currently it only works under Python 3. Tested with Python 3.4 and 3.5.
The package itself exposes two main methods, get_word and get_word_pronunciation.
get_word downloads all the data found for the word provided and packages it into a Word object:
import dictcom word = dictcom.get_word('something') # an instance of dictcom.models.Word
You can access the word’s pronunciation (the textual representation of it) via the pronunciation property:
word.pronunciation # '[suhm-thing]'
The definitions are found under the defs property, as a dictionary. Each key of the dictionary represents one definition subsection, which usually means a different part of speech (for example noun or pronoun):
word.defs.keys() # ['pronoun', 'noun', 'adverb']
The value under each key is a list of Definition instances. Each definition has two properties, text and example.
One can also download the audio file for the word’s pronunciation:
pronun = word.get_pronunciation_audio() # an instance of dictcom.models.WordPronunciation pronun.audio # raw audio buffer pronun.content_type # the MIME type of the buffer data
You can also immediately get the pronunciation audio with get_word_pronunciation, the other method exposed by the package.
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