Dictionary Entries explained

On the Fulfulde-English side there is of course the expected lexeme with its definition, part of speech, plural forms of nouns, and a listing for common alternate spellings of a word. There is also a listing of various bits of useful grammatical information included with each entry.

toojoore Noun [J,Y,G,M] pl: toojooje the hump on the back of a Zebu cow or a camel
wootere ƴuugoode, kundiire ncm: nde pl: ɗe

For verbs this includes the second infinitive form for each verb, as well as participles for the o and e noun classes, where appropriate, and information on whether either the stative or progressive verb form is used, with conjugation samples for those forms that might not be conjugated as expected. Which singular and plural noun classes a noun falls into are indicated, as well as the form of “one” used by that noun class. Donor languages, where known, have been listed for borrowed words.

aadondirde Verb [Y,G,M] st/prg Noun frm: aadondirngol, to arrive at an agreement, covenant, or contract between two or more parties fodanaade Participles: aadondirɗo-aadondiroowo; aadondirɓe-aadondirooɓe

Scientific names, as far as possible, have also been included in entries of plants and animals bearing such names.

anakeehi Noun [J] pl: anakeeje This tree is occasionally found in the northern savannah. It's resin is used to make myrrh. Boswellia dalzielii ngooti haayndeehi, ƴiiƴaahi ncm: ki pl: ɗe

Many words also have a listing of synonyms or allied words to aid in finding the proper term to express a specific meaning.

annoora Noun [J,M] pl: annooraaji 1) 1. light; can be used in a sense of one who has a radiance about them, Neɗɗo ceyniiɗo jom annoora. A good person has light. syn: jayngol, njaynam, yaynam. 2) 2. fig. prestige, honor, respect syn: dawla, teddeengal. gooto ncm: o pl: ɗi cf: foyre, iilde, naanaaɗe, yaynude.

Finally, which sub-dialects use a given lexeme or a given definition has been indicated so the user can pick words which are in use among the target audience.

The English-Fulfulde side is very simple. Under the listing of one (or occasionally two or three) English word(s) is a listing of the Fulfulde words, and their alternate spellings, that correspond, or roughly correspond, to that English word. Which sub-dialects use which Fulfulde word (and which alternate spelling) is clearly delineated. For checking the spelling of a Fulfulde word, it is usually easier to look up the word on the English side.

The English side also gives one a bird’s eye view of the vocabulary possibilities for a given word. As with any multilanguage dictionary, it is best to look at the full definitions of the words listed on the Fulfulde-English side in order to get a more accurate idea of the full range of meaning for a given word.