Craig White's Literature Courses
Death & the King's
(15) calabash [<F calebasse] 1. A name
given to various gourds or pumpkins, the shell of which is used for holding
liquids, etc. 2. The fruit of the calabash tree of America, the shell of
which is used for household utensils, water-bottles, kettles, musical
instruments, etc.; it is round or oval, and so hard externally as even to be
used in boiling liquids over a fire.
a tree ( Crescentia Cujete) native to tropical America and the West
Indies, bearing the large oval or globular fruit called calabash; also a
name of the baobab tree.
(13) Ifa: In Yoruba religion, a system
of divination or prophecy, associated with literary works known as Odu Ifa.
(25) juju [<F joujou, "toy" or
"plaything"] An object of any kind superstitiously venerated by West African
native peoples, and used as a charm, amulet, or means of protection; a
fetish. Also, the supernatural or magical power attributed to such objects,
or the system of observances connected therewith; also, a ban or
interdiction effected by means of such an object (corresponding to the
(13) kite [<OE] 1. A bird of prey of the
family Falconidæ and subfamily Milvinæ, having long wings,
tail usually forked, and no tooth in the bill. 3a. [ < its hovering in
the air like the bird.] A toy consisting of a light frame, usually of wood,
with paper or other light thin material stretched upon it . . .
(12) mallam [<Hausa] In Nigeria and
other parts of Africa: a learned man; a scribe, teacher, or healer.
Yoruba name for the praise-singer?
(19) plantain: common name for
herbaceous plants of the genus Musa. Plantains resemble bananas, and each
sometimes takes the name of the other, but the two belong to different
genuses. The plantain is used more for cooking, while the banana is
sometimes called "the dessert banana."
[< nyam Wolof "to taste"]: one of many species of genus
Diascorea including flowering plants producing edible tubers that grow
in warm and equatorial parts of Earth. In the United States, sweet potatoes
are sometimes called yams, but sweet potatoes are not members of athe
Diascorea family. Staple crop of Igbo people of Nigera. Color of flesh
ranges from white or yellow to purple or pink.