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16 February 2017

Online Chinese DictionaryThis is the first Chinese-English dictionary devoted solely to the pre-modern language. Being a practical lexicon of more than 8,000 characters, arranged alphabetically by Pinyin romanisation, it is meant to facilitate the reading and translating of historical, literary, and religious texts dating from approximately 500 BCE to 1000 CE.

Primarily a dictionary of individual characters (zidian 字典) and the words they represent, in addition to single-graph entries it includes an abundance of alliterative and echoic binomes (lianmianci 連綿詞) as well as accurate identification of hundreds of plants, animals, and assorted technical terms in various fields. It is the English-language resource of choice for all those seeking assistance in reading texts dating from the Warring States period through the Tang dynasty.

The dictionary has an index by “radical” and stroke number. It also contains various appendices, including one with reign eras and exact accession dates of emperors given according to both Chinese and Western calendars.

Chinese-English Dictionary Online is on trial and available on the database trials webpage http://guides.lib.monash.edu/subject-databases/trials until 2 March 2017.

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