The Caribbean Dictionary

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ananci
A spider
An alcoholic beverage made by soaking anise leaves in rum and adding sugar for sweetening.
banana fritters
A fried meal item made from a batter consisting primarily of ripe bananas (usually overripe) and flour.
A dish of twice fried green plantain. Slices or chunks of plantain are slow fried, then pressed flat and fried again. The slices are...
bandoo
A rigid metal, plastic or wooden band used to keep womens' hair in place.
bannan
Plantains
callaloo
A green fruit bearing on plants up to 6 ft tall. The fruit are fingerlike with a pentagonal cross section and taper to a long point....
One who is possessed by a loa (spirit) during a Vodou ritual.
crapo
A frog or toad
Local dialect derived from African and various European languages (usually some combination of English, French, Spanish or Dutch)
A native dish of Haiti consisting of rice and edible black mushrooms called "djon djon". The meal is more common in the northern...
Sweetheart
The Vodun Festival of the Dead, marked on November 2nd anually.
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Banana
fritaille
A dish with fried meat as the primary ingredient. A typical example will have will have fried goat (tassot cabrit) or fried beef...
fritay
A dish with fried meat as the primary ingredient. A typical example will have will have fried goat (tassot cabrit) or fried beef...
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...
A rum like spirit made from sugar cane juice.
A homemade firework popular around the Christmas/New Year's season
Local dialect derived from African and various European languages (usually some combination of English, French, Spanish or Dutch)
labrapen
Seeded breadfruit
lamveritab
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...

loa

The spirits of Haitian Voodoo that serve as an intermediary between God and humanity.

lwa

The spirits of Haitian Voodoo that serve as an intermediary between God and humanity.
The spirits of Haitian Voodoo that serve as an intermediary between God and humanity.
A spicy nut butter made from peanuts, sugar and hot pepper.
pacay
Inga feuilleei is a legume that produces a podded fruit with a smooth textured, sweet, edible white pulp surrounding the seeds.
A Haitian analogue to Santa Claus

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