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[boo sh-muh n]
  1. Francis X(avier),1883–1966, U.S. film actor.
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British Dictionary definitions for francis 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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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 francis bushman



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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