From Taino Xaymaca (“land of wood and water”).
- Jamaica Plain, Boston, a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.
- Jamaica, Vermont, a town in Vermont.
From the Massachusett word for “beaver”. Compare next etymology.
- Jamaica, Queens, a neighborhood in Queens, New York City.
Originally Jameco, from the Lenape word for “beaver”. Compare previous etymology.
- In 1753 he was made commander of the "Jamaica" sloop, and served in her on the North American station.
- In 1809 it was replaced by the bitter wood or bitter ash of Jamaica, Picraena excelsa, which was found to possess similar properties and could be obtained in pieces of much larger size.
- Thoreau (Jamaica, New York, 1890); J.
- 18 a wrecked vessels, cut if off from direct access to the sea; but through Manzanillo it continued a great clandestine traffic with Curacao, Jamaica, and other foreign islands all through the 17th and 18th centuries.
- Chambers, recently reported on Jamaica tobacco as of good quality and flavour but often of a heavy nature.