If I'm getting this (and I'm not sure that I am) there was a
a module/article in the last but one or two TPJ
about the perl frontend to somebody's extensive language
dictionary/thesaurus (sp?) project.
The idea was you could ask for, say, red monkey info and get
baboon, great ape, etc. as the 'database' was able to know
that each is a monkey. It was far better than that and, the
perl part made it extendable (the linquist researchers who
created the original didn't appear to want any help extending
their db). If only I could remember a detail ...