Glossary of Traditional Caribbean Craft Materials - L

Caribbean artisans have used similar natural resources in fashioning traditional crafts and preparing local foods. Yet these materials are often known by different names throughout the region.

Scroll through this glossary or use the search box at right to find out more about regional craft materials and recipe ingredients. You can filter the glossary by the first letter of the term using the alphabet below. To reset the alphabet filter, click “All” to the right.

Term
Lignum Vitae
Synonym
Country
Caribbean region
Definition

A medium-sized, evergreen tree with a scaly-brown bark on slender trunk… it yields an extremely hard, resinous wood which is used for furniture and other wood products

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Term
Locust
(Hymenaea Courbaril)
Synonym
Country
Caribbean region
Definition

A very hard, light brown, straight-grained wood much favoured in furniture-making and boat-building and for pilings

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Term
Loofah, luffa
Synonym
Country
Nenwah
Guyana
Strainer
Barbados
Torchon
Trinidad
Definition

A green cylindrical fruit about a foot long, resembling a cucumber…cooked as a vegetable when young… better known in its dry, massively fibrous state as a useful scrubber.

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