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Wordnets are an effective resource for natural language processing and information retrieval, especially for semantic processing and meaning related tasks. So far, wordnets have been constructed for many languages. However, the automatic development of wordnets for low-resource languages has not been well studied. In this paper, an Expectation-Maximization algorithm is used to create high quality and large scale wordnets for poor-resource languages. The proposed method benefits from possessing cross-lingual word sense disambiguation and develops a wordnet by only using a bi-lingual dictionary and a mono-lingual corpus. The proposed method has been executed with Persian language and the resulting wordnet has been evaluated through several experiments. The results show that the induced wordnet has a precision score of 90% and a recall score of 35%.