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ananas
Pineapple - a tropical plant with edible multiple fruit consisting of coalesced berries, named for resemblance to the pine cone.
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
To run into; To meet by accident or chance
An expression of shock, surprise, frustration, or annoyance.
callaloo
A thick spicy soup-like dish made with a green leafy vegetable as a main ingredient. The vegetable is usually aramanth or dasheen leaves.
carpot
Condoms
Any incident or time marked by drama, scandal, confusion or conflict.
One who is possessed by a loa (spirit) during a Vodou ritual.
Firecrackers. Small explosive devices used for noise-making.
crapo
A frog or toad
Local dialect derived from African and various European languages (usually some combination of English, French, Spanish or Dutch)
Prone to tears. Easily upset. Cries quickly and often.
A native dish of Haiti consisting of rice and edible black mushrooms called "djon djon". The meal is more common in the northern...
Sweetheart
Seasoning produced by grinding and mixing (as with a mortar and pestle)
The Vodun Festival of the Dead, marked on November 2nd anually.
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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...
An expression used to signify disapproving judgment of an act or thing by calling down or wishing hellfire on the target of disapproval.
glass eye
The White-eyed Thrush (Turdus jamaicensis) is a species of bird in the Turdidae family. It is found in Cayman Islands and Jamaica....
Term used by males to address each other