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What is a literal meaning in a lexical database?



The literal meaning is used to give the glosses of the individual components of a multi-morpheme expression, such as a compound or an idiom, where the meaning of the whole is different from the sum of its parts.


You only need to fill in the literal meaning if the entry is a compound or an idiom.


The literal meaning of the word for "train" in Chinese is "fire car."

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