Creole term used to refer to homosexuals in the French Antilles, which can also be found in the Banlieues (suburbs) of the French provincial capitals. The term literally translates as “beneath the leaves” or “camouflaged”, and evidently refers to men who in their public and private life adopt heterosexual codes, while having intercourse with other men. All different types of individuals are included, from the discreet gay, the one inside the closet to the married man with four children who, from time to time, has a fling. It is also used as an adjective of what must be hidden by moral or honor.
Related: Chichi man, Batty boy, Makoumè.