[boo sh-muh n]
- a woodsman.
- Australian. a pioneer; dweller in the bush.
- (initial capital letter) San.
Origin of bushman
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Examples from the Web for bushmen
There are Bushmen paintings of men having sex with one another.Why Africa’s Turning Anti-Gay
March 31, 2014
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.Impressions of South Africa
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
- Australian and NZ a person who lives or travels in the bush, esp one versed in bush lore
- 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
- any language of this people, belonging to the Khoisan family
C18: from Afrikaans boschjesman
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Word Origin and History for bushmen
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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