# Adding symbols to glossary entry and limit to description field?

I used an answer provided by Geoffrey Jones regarding how to create a Lexicon of sorts (unmodified code):

    \documentclass{article}
\newcommand*{\glossaryname}{Dictionary}
\usepackage[nonumberlist]{glossaries}
\newcommand{\dictentry}[2]{%
\newglossaryentry{#1}{name=#1,description={#2}}%
}
\makeglossaries

\begin{document}
\dictentry{aardvark}{an animal}%
\dictentry{lion}{another animal, but with
a really long description that spills over many, many, many, many, many,
many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,
many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many lines}
\dictentry{zebra}{yet another animal}%
\printglossary[style=list]%
\end{document}


My first question is: How would I add other fields (or is it possible), like the symbols field provided by glossaries in such a way that I only had to add a last bracket with the symbol, \dictentry{concept}{description}{symbol} (I'm not yet comfortable fiddling with the newcommand function, I tried but failed to add a symbol field)

The second question is: Is there a length limit in the description field, when using the glossaries package? I ask because using the setup described above, the entry doesn't seem to be added to the gls file when it's too large (ca. 8-9 lines of text in the outputted document.

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Be careful not to make the description too long, because makeindex has a limited buffer. \@glo@desc is defined to be a short command to discourage lengthy descriptions for this reason. If you do have a very long description, or if you require paragraph breaks, define a separate command that contains the description, and use it as the value to the description key.