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October 25, 2014
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hard food
Any starchy agricultural product used as food. Examples include, but are not limited to, yams, potatoes, bananas, cassava, pumpkins,...
An extremely potent overproof rum with a fearsome reputation. It is sold under-the-counter (illegally) and usually available during...
patoo
The Great Potoo: A nocturnal insectivore bird found in the Caribbean, Central and South America.
star apple
Carambola; A fruit with a star shaped cross section. As it ripens it turns from green to yellow. The fruit has a tart taste and is a...
sugar apple
An edible round, ovoid, or cone shaped fruit around 6-10 cm in diameter, with a lumpy skin. The skin colour changes from bright green...
geera
Cumin seeds
lappe
A paca, a small rodent.
suck suck
A homemade frozen pop popular with children. It is made by pouring mixed drinks into small transparent plastic bags, tying the bags...
 
Cursed, forsaken.
golden apple
The bael (Aegle marmelos) is a hard shelled fruit about the size of a grapefruit that is used for food and medicinal purposes.The...
kenep
Ovoid green fruit that grows in bunches on trees up to 30m high. The fruit typically ripen during the summer. The fruit is related to...
blim blim
The fruit and tree of Averrhoa bilimbi. A relative of the carambola or star fruit, the tree produces an green, edible, five pomed,...
june plum
Ambarella. An edible fruit growing on large trees up to 30m. The fruits have thick, sometimes leathery skin and dendritic (fibrous or...
pholourie
Savoury fritter made from seasoned split pea flour. Traditionally served with chutney.
Idiot or simpleton; A stupid person
 
dungs
A small round berry about 3/4 inches in diameter. The fruit is green and turns yellow as it ripens. Ripe fruit may occasionally...
ackee
Fruit native to West Africa that was introduced to the Caribbean. It is the national fruit of Jamaica, and features prominently in...
pommecythere
Ambarella. An edible fruit growing on large trees up to 30m. The fruits have thick, sometimes leathery skin and dendritic (fibrous or...
george william gordon
George William Gordon, (1820-1865) was a Jamaican businessman and politician who was a leading critic of the policies of then...
panapen
Tree and fruit native to the Pacific Islands and Malaysia that was brought to the West Indies in the 18th century. The fruit is large...
egg fruit
Canistel; A bright yellow ovoid fruit with a pointed tip. It is related to the sapodilla and is edible. The flesh tends to be dryer...
 
dulahin
A hindu bride
coolie
A person of East Indian ancestry. Most Caribbean people of East Indian descent can trace their roots back to indentured workers...
chicken hawk
The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a medium sized bird of prey
To act unruly or rebellious.
john crow
Turkey vulture or black vulture. A large carrion feeding bird of prey with a turkey-like bald red or black head.
jimbilin
The tree and fruit of Phyllanthus acidus. The intermediate sized tree produces small, flattened, multi-lobed, berries with a high...
Sweetheart