The Caribbean Dictionary


a door
Outside or outdoors


Than; Introducing another element for comparison or reference.
To taunt by sticking out one's tongue.
An African day name for girls born on a 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 maroon chieftain after whom the town of Accompong in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica is named. He is thought to be from an Ashanti family...
Any hard liquor or alcoholic drink
Blighia sapida; A fruit of the soapberry family native to West Africa that was introduced to the Caribbean. It is the national fruit...
ackee and saltfish
A traditional food that is the national dish of Jamaica. It is typically prepared as a sautee of boiled ackee, saltfish, peppers,...
ackee poison
Jamaican Vomiting Sickness is a poisoning caused by ingestion of the unripe arils of the ackee fruit, its seeds, and husks. It is...
A John Canoe character that recites poetry and Shakespearean plays.
Any of various species of large lizards
age paper
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...
Nonsense; Foolishness.
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
When you set traps for others you may trap yourself. The spider's web catches the spider.
Folk tale with the trickster Ananci as the lead character.
A spider