Dict that uses (local only db) dictd in wsl1?

  1. Install dictd as any other package.

     sudo apt install dictd dict-gcide dict-wn dict-moby-thesaurus
    
  2. Disable all, but local server

     sudo vim /etc/dictd/dict.conf
    
  3. When dict is needed (will run on even if all wsl terminals are closed)

     sudo service dictd start
    
     # test: service --status-all 
    
  4. test

    dict gnu                                                                                                         ~
    1 definition found
       
    From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
       
    Gnu \Gnu\, n. [Hottentot gnu, or nju: cf. F. gnou.] (Zool.)
        One of two species of large South African antelopes of the
        genus {Catoblephas}, having a mane and bushy tail, and curved
        horns in both sexes. [Written also {gnoo}.]
        [1913 Webster]
           
        Note: The common gnu or wildebeest ({Catoblephas gnu}) is
              plain brown; the brindled gnu or blue wildebeest ({C.
              gorgon}) is larger, with transverse stripes of black on
              the neck and shoulders.
              [1913 Webster] 
    
  5. More

    dict -D           # list databases
    dict -d wn gnu    # specify database
        
    # more dictionaries
    sudo apt install dict-jargon dict-foldoc dict-vera
    
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