February 20, 2015

Genggoro Chinese-English Dictionary User Guide


Genggoro Chinese-English Dictionary (GCED) functions as a database component (GDD: Genggoro Dictionary Database) in Genggoro Dictionary Framework (GDF) and therefore you rarely need to interact with it directly except for the options page. For more information about GDF, please read Genggoro Dictionary Framework User Guide. You can download and install GCED from Chrome Web Store.

The following sections assume that you've already read GDF User Guide.

The functionalities described below are only available in Genggoro Dictionary Server Advanced (GDS-A) which is given to people supporting the GDF project financially via Patreon in thanks for their support. Genggoro Dictionary Server Basic (GDS-B) which is freely available on the Chrome Web Store only supports the "hover search" functionality (no popup customization, no search box).


Style Editor

You can define different style information for each (inline) item listed below.

  • Traditional script
    • 1st tone (high)
    • 2nd tone (rising)
    • 3rd tone (low)
    • 4th tone (falling)
    • 5th tone (neutral)
  • Simplified script
    • 1st tone (high)
    • 2nd tone (rising)
    • 3rd tone (low)
    • 4th tone (falling)
    • 5th tone (neutral)
  • Pinyin
  • Definitions
    • Embedded pinyin

Currently, you can't apply different styles to Chinese characters embedded in the "definitions" item. However, setting the "font names" property for the "definitions" item like this "{font for English}, {font for Chinese}, {generic font}" (e.g. "Arial, SimSun, serif") makes them rendered reasonably well.

Style Editor (click to enlarge)

Search Tool

Search Tool (reverse search)

GCED supports the following search methods.

Search by Hanzi

Type a Chinese word to look up and press the Enter key.

You can use the wildcard characters shown in the table below.

?any character"?菜"
?(full-width)any character"?包"
*zero or more characters"*人"

Search by Pinyin


Start your search term with "[" (square bracket) to do a pinyin search.

  • You can optionally add "]" to the end of your search term (e.g. "[pin yin]" (good),"[pin yin" (good)).

  • Pinyin syllables must be separated by a space character (e.g. "[pin yin]" (good), "[pinyin]" (wrong)).

  • You can optionally add one or more tone numbers to pinyin syllables (e.g. "[zhong1 wen2]", "[ke23 yi3]", "[hai2 zi5]").

  • Type "u:" for "ü" (e.g. "[nu:3 xing4]").

  • You can use (half-width) "?" and "*" as wildcards (e.g. "[? cai4]", "[* ren2]").

Search options

The search options allow you to treat certain classes of sounds as the same when you perform a pinyin search. To enable (disable) them (all options are enabled by default), open the apps page (chrome://apps) and click the app icon of GCED to open the options page.

The search options can be enabled (disabled) temporarily by adding "search option modifiers" to your search term (e.g. "[pin yin] -h").

  • Modifiers can be placed inside or outside of square brackets (e.g. "[pa1] -h" (good), "[pa1 -h]" (good)).

  • You can use more than one modifiers at the same time (e.g. "[pan] -h -n" (good), "[pan] -hn" (good)).

  • Use the uppercase version to negate the option (e.g. "[pan] -H").

  • Use "-a" ("-A") to enable (disable) all options temporarily. If you combine this modifier with other modifiers, this modifier is applied first regardless of the order in which they appear in your search term (e.g. "[pan] -hA" has the same effect as "[pan] -Ah" (disabling all options but the "h" option)).

The available search options
ModifierDescriptionExample (search term: matched syllables)
-a (-A)Enable (disable) all options temporarily.[pa] -A: pa
-h (-H)Treat the aspirated consonants (p, t, k, q, ch, c) and the unaspirated consonants (b, d, g, j, zh, z) as the same.[pa] -h: pa, ba
-f (-F)Treat the consonants "f" and "h" as the same.[fu] -f: fu, hu
-j (-J)Treat the alveolo-palatal consonants (j, q, x) and the retroflex consonants (zh, ch, sh) as the same.[ji] -j: ji, zhi
-l (-L)Treat the consonants "l" and "r" as the same.[li] -l: li, ri
-i (-I)Treat the vowels "i" and "ü" as the same.[ni] -i: ni, nü
-o (-O)Treat the vowels "ou", "uo" and "o" as the same.[dou] -o: dou, duo, do
-u (-U)Treat the vowels "e" and "u" (plus "i" in "zi", "ci" and "si") as the same.[lu] -u: lu, le
[su] -u: su, se, si
-n (-N)Treat the nasal endings "n" and "ng" as the same.[ban] -n: ban, bang

Reverse search

Start your search term with "=" (equals) to do a reverse search.

  • If your search term starts with single equals ("=foo"), entries at least one of whose definitions exactly matches the word "foo" are matched.

  • If your search term starts with double equals ("==foo"), entries at least one of whose definitions includes the word "foo" are matched.

  • If your search term starts with triple equals ("===foo"), entries at least one of whose definitions includes the text strings "foo" (e.g. "foot") are matched.

Copyright and License

Genggoro Chinese-English Dictionary

Copyright (c) 2015 Genggoro. All rights reserved.

No copy, reuse, modification or redistribution is allowed without prior permission from Genggoro.

The statement above doesn't apply to the third-party components bundled with this product. For more information, read the next section.

Third-party components

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