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I was looking up the ''richest'' languages in the world.
I came across that Greek is richest language with 5 million words, while some other source claims English with a few hundred thousand words. I don't know whether they are referring to distinct roots or including the different forms of words.
However, when I looked up the Arabic language, some sources said it had 250 thousand words while others said 500 million words, such extreme deviation between results is confusing me. I am a native Arabic speaker and I am pretty sure there are over a million words at least, i.e. roots. Many of the words used back a few thousand years ago are still found in the Arabic dictionary but they are never used nor understood, and such words comprise a pretty big portion of the language. So can you please clear the misconception or confusion regarding the approximated or relative number of words between Arabic, Greek and English?