from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. On West Indian plantations, a portion of ground, near the mills and the manager's house, where the laborers have their dwellings, and generally some fruit-trees, with places for pigs, goats, and poultry. Originally these grounds were occupied only by negroes, but at present coolies and other laborers are frequently associated with them.


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