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TibThob, a free tool for searching the Rangjung Yeshe Tibetan-English Dictionary.
Tibthob is included in the CD version 3 of the RY dictionary
Saerching in phonetics
To search a word or an expression that is known only by its pronunciation or approximate phonetics is very difficult and tedious: in Tibetan, there are numerous combinations of prefix, superscribed, subjoined, suffix, post-suffix letters that can produce the same sound.
With TibThob you type a word in "natural phonetics", like "khandro" in the example above, then select the phonetic mode and find the word effortlessly.
it also is possible to search Wylie Tibetan syllables with some degree of approximation. This can be useful if the spelling you have is not totally reliable (for example you don't find the word in the dictionary), or if you want to check for variant spellings. This mode works by ignoring the prefix, superscribed and second suffix letters of tibetan syllables
since the RY dictionary has so many entries, a query can yield hundreds of hits. To avoid reading everything, you can reduce the number of matches by requiring or excluding words or fragments from your query. You can also specify in which part of dictionary entries these words should or should not appear. For example, it is possible to require all entries with the fragment byang chub, but not byang chub sems and additionally require the word "practice" to appear in the definition.