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bushman

[boo sh-muh n]
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noun, plural bush·men.
  1. a woodsman.
  2. Australian. a pioneer; dweller in the bush.
  3. (initial capital letter) San.
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Origin of bushman

1775–85; bush1 + man1, modeled on Afrikaans boschjesman literally, man of the bush
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  • These tracts of land are called “The Bush;” and the settlers on these lands are called Bushmen.

  • Even Bushmen, or at least natives with some Bushman blood in them, are not wanting.

  • As the Bushmen anticipated, the fierce brute was enjoying a sound slumber.

  • So far as destroying him was concerned, the task of the Bushmen was accomplished.

  • It was a horrible nightmare; but I believe that the baboons are almost as human as the Bushmen.

    Allan's Wife

    H. Rider Haggard


British Dictionary definitions for bushmen

bushman

noun plural -men
  1. Australian and NZ a person who lives or travels in the bush, esp one versed in bush lore
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Bushman

noun plural -man or -men
  1. a member of a hunting and gathering people of southern Africa, esp the Kalahari region, typically having leathery yellowish skin, short stature, and prominent buttocks
  2. any language of this people, belonging to the Khoisan family
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Word Origin

C18: from Afrikaans boschjesman
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Word Origin and History for bushmen

Bushman

n.

1785, from South African Dutch boschjesman, literally "man of the bush," from boschje, from Dutch bosje, diminutive of bosch, bos (see bush (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bushmen in Culture

Bushmen

The nomadic hunting and gathering peoples of the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa, in Botswana, Namibia, and Angola. (See hunting and gathering societies and nomadism.)

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