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March 27, 2015
If yu waa good, yu nose affi run
Explanation

Success requires hard work

ackee
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...
pomerac
Otaheite apple; Pear shaped fruit with red skin and white flesh. Typically, they contain a single large seed. However, they may...
guinep
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...
Midwife, female elder
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...
Cursed, forsaken.
jamoon
A round fruit about the size of a tennis ball. It has a glossy leathery skin that is either green, purple, or some combination of the...
dukunu
A dessert item similar to bread pudding that is made with flour, sugar, and some or all of the following in any combination: cassava,...
 
hard food
Any starchy agricultural product used as food. Examples include, but are not limited to, yams, potatoes, bananas, cassava, pumpkins,...
pholourie
Savoury fritter made from seasoned split pea flour. Traditionally served with chutney.
A ritually prepared meal of rice intended to trap (tie) a man in a romantic relationship. Women prepare the meal by cooking rice and...
A backwards, uncouth, uncultured person.
breadfruit
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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...
lappe
A paca, a small rodent.
mamon
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...
 
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...
jimbilin
The tree and fruit of Phyllanthus acidus. The intermediate sized tree produces small, flattened, multi-lobed, berries with a high...
june plum
Ambarella. An edible fruit growing on large trees up to 30m. The fruits have thick, sometimes leathery skin and dendritic (fibrous or...
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...
sea grape
A small green fruit resembling grapes both in individual appearance, and the fact that it grows in bunches. Some fruit become tinged...
 
coolie
A person of East Indian ancestry. Most Caribbean people of East Indian descent can trace their roots back to indentured workers...
john crow
Turkey vulture or black vulture. A large carrion feeding bird of prey with a turkey-like bald red or black head.
chicken hawk
The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a medium sized bird of prey
escovitch
A process of cooking whereby meat (typically fish) is fried, then doused liberally with a pickling sauce made from vinegar, pimento,...
forty leg
Centipede; Any of a wide set of many legged arthropods. They are venomous, and their bites may have effects ranging from mild...
chenet
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...