(cal-lah-BASH) A bowl or container often made of wood or a hollowed gourd. When used to refer to people, it implies a close friend or relative, i.e. someone so familiar he would eat out of the same serving bowl.
English: “James is my father’s best friend’s son who grew up like a member of our family.”
Pidgin: “Jimmy? Calabash cousin.”
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