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[bech-oo-ah-nuh, bek-yoo-]
noun, plural Bech·u·a·nas, (especially collectively) Bech·u·a·na.
  1. Tswana(def 1).
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Origin of Bechuana

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for bechuana

Historical Examples

  • The natives (most of them of Bechuana stock) are nearly twice as numerous as the whites.

    Impressions of South Africa

    James Bryce

  • The Makololo and Bechuana custom of greeting the new moon is curious.

    Moon Lore

    Timothy Harley

  • The Bechuana nations are the most advanced of these four groups.

    The Human Race

    Louis Figuier

  • A favourable answer had been brought back from the Bechuana chief.

  • They have largely intermarried with Kaffir and Bechuana tribes.

British Dictionary definitions for bechuana


noun plural -na or -nas
  1. a former name for Tswana
  2. a former name for a member of the Bantu people of Botswana
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