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[koo sh]
noun Slang.
  1. money, especially when reserved for some special use.
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Origin of cush

origin uncertain; perhaps to be identified with cush sweetened and fried cornmeal (compare Gullah cush, cushcush, ultimately < Arabic kuskus couscous); or a back formation from cushy


or Kush

[koo sh, kuhsh]
  1. the eldest son of Ham. Gen. 10:6.
  2. an area mentioned in the Bible, sometimes identified with Upper Egypt.
  3. Kingdom of, an ancient African state in this area; part of the region of Nubia (1000 b.c.–a.d. 350).
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Examples from the Web for cush

Historical Examples of cush

  • Nimrod was the son of Cush, grandson of Ham, and great-grandson of Noah.

    Mysticism and its Results

    John Delafield

  • The occasion of it is said to be "the words of Cush the Benjamite."

    The Life of David

    Alexander Maclaren

  • Cush is, throughout the Bible, the word translated Ethiopia.

  • Assurbanipal boasts that he pursued Urdamane as far as the land of Cush.

  • The locality of the land of Cush has long been a much-vexed question.

British Dictionary definitions for cush



noun Old Testament
  1. the son of Ham and brother of Canaan (Genesis 10:6)
  2. the country of the supposed descendants of Cush (ancient Ethiopia), comprising approximately Nubia and the modern Sudan, and the territory of southern (or Upper) Egypt
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