Even though it’s been almost a week since am OpenSUSE up to the point of writing this, I was still hunting for a dictionary/thesaurus for KDE. Also there are a ton of Firefox extensions for dictionary but I prefer a stand alone one that pops with a Ctr+Alt+W.

Also since I don’t have/want OpenOffice (I don’t find much use for it), I could not use the Thesaurus and Dictionary (Ooodi) it provides and Stardict is a no no (It was meant for Gnome).

I added a few of the repos from here (the backport and community repos) and jDictionary turned up in software management. Doesn’t gel with the KDE look, but it does the job, has a thesaurus too.

JaLingo :: OS independent dictionary application

I searched on Sourceforge and I found JaLingo. Very neat piece written in Java, running it is bloody simple. It supports quite a few types of dictionary, I chose to download some of the Sdictionary types.

In comparison to JaLingo, jDictionary allows one to download dictionaries (a limited set available though) within the program, which is very convenient. But Jalingo has a nicer interface and provides for a “drop zone” that you just drag and drop words into and it will show you the meaning and you have the wide variety of dictionary support formats.

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