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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There are yet two hours to dinner, and as the wild, wailing chant from the negro-yard comes to our ears we determine to visit their chapel.
This wakes up the curs about the negro-yard, and their barking stirs up the geese, the combined chorus rousing all the cocks in the various poultry-houses, so that we ride off amid a hub-bub of howling, cackling, neighing and crowing which would awaken the Seven Sleepers.