The Caribbean Dictionary


Modifier used to convert a verb into the present continuous form.
Going to
Outside or outdoors


Than; Introducing another element for comparison or reference.
To taunt by sticking out one's tongue.
An African day name for female children born on Thursday.
A trumpet like instrument made from an animal's horn. It was traditionally used as a Maroon communication and ceremonial tool. It was...
A firefly; A beetle that produces a blinking yellow, orange, or red light via bioluminescence.
A historical maroon village, located in the hills of St. Elizabeth Parish in Jamaica, consolidated by a treaty in 1739. It is located...
Any hard liquor or alcoholic drink
Fruit native to West Africa that was introduced to the Caribbean. It is the national fruit of Jamaica, and features prominently in...
ackee and saltfish
A traditional food that is the national dish of Jamaica. It typically prepared as a sautee of boiled ackee, saltfish, peppers, onions...
A John Canoe character that recites poetry and Shakespearean plays.
Any of various species of large lizards
Birth certificate.


Going to
The pleasurable 'painful' sensations of sex
An interjection used to indicate comprehension or acceptance.


To ask
alexander bustamante
Sir William Alexander Clarke Bustamante GBE, National Hero of Jamaica (24 February 1884 - 6 August 1977). A Jamaican politician,...
One who works hard, but gets no reward.
The tree and fruit of Terminalia catappa. It is a large tree (up to 115ft in height), often grown for ornamental purposes and the...
A tragedy or unfortunate set of circumstances
Aloe vera. Valued for use in herbal medicine, as a purgative or washout, and for cosmetic and skin care purposes.


Than; Introducing another element for comparison or reference.
A spider
Literally: The spider's web catches the spider. Meaning: When you set traps for others you may trap yourself.
Folk tale with the trickster Ananci as the lead character.
A spider