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August 27, 2014
juice down
A homemade frozen pop popular with children. It is made by pouring mixed drinks into small transparent plastic bags, tying the bags...
Lessa fowl, lessa shit
Explanation

Fewer people, fewer problems.

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...
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...
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
juju
A small round berry about 3/4 inches in diameter. The fruit is green and turns yellow as it ripens. Ripe fruit may occasionally...
 
hard food
Any starchy agricultural product used as food. Examples include, but are not limited to, yams, potatoes, bananas, cassava, pumpkins,...
A ritually prepared meal of rice intended to trap (tie) a man in a romantic relationship. Women prepare the meal by cooking rice and...
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...
gooseberry
The tree and fruit of Phyllanthus acidus. The intermediate sized tree produces small, flattened, multi-lobed, berries with a high...
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...
jimbilin
The tree and fruit of Phyllanthus acidus. The intermediate sized tree produces small, flattened, multi-lobed, berries with a high...
kenepa
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...
 
mammee apple
Round fruit between 5 and 9 inches in diameter. The fruit has rough brown skin and contains a single large seed. The flesh of unripe...
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...
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...
pommecythere
Ambarella. An edible fruit growing on large trees up to 30m. The fruits have thick, sometimes leathery skin and dendritic (fibrous or...
june plum
Ambarella. An edible fruit growing on large trees up to 30m. The fruits have thick, sometimes leathery skin and dendritic (fibrous or...
pomerac
Otaheite apple; Pear shaped fruit with red skin and white flesh. Typically, they contain a single large seed. However, they may...
ganja
+ 5
Marijuana; Cannabis
 
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...
zaboca
Avocado. Edible pear shaped or round fruit with an egg shaped seed. The flesh is green on the outside and turns yellow closer to the...
star apple
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...
chiny guinep
Lychee - a sweet fruit native to China. It is similar in structure to the guinep. The outside is covered by a pink-red,...
To act unruly or rebellious.
An extremely potent overproof rum with a fearsome reputation. It is sold under-the-counter (illegally) and usually available during...
forty leg
Centipede; Any of a wide set of many legged arthropods. They are venomous, and their bites may have effects ranging from mild...