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"Encyclopædia" in Low German = "Nokieksel"?

So says the Wikipedia article on the subject.

The amusing etymology: "Nokieksel" for a dictionary or encyclopædia comes not only from "nokieken" (to look up, to look in, to search for X in Y)—so "something with which to look things up" with the instrumentel -sel—but also from the spelling "Nokixel", which is the German word "Lexikon" backwards.

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