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/júnjow/ [cf. Pan-Creole djõdjõ mushroom, mold in Krio (KED), Jam., Haitian, LA Fr. Cr. (Thompson 1958); cf. also Car. Sp. yonyón (Alvarez Nazario 1974:250); cf. Igbo jonjo bad, wicked, ugly KED, also 'rotten' (Okolo p.c.); the latter may form the link (via the idea of death and decay) to Sra. djodjo ghost WST and Bah. JUNJO]

n. the ghost crab, Ocypode albicans, said to eat cadavers. = GRAVEYARD CRAB (Mayag.)

Tags: animal, folktales, noun

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Last update: 2012-11-29 07:15
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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