[ koi-sahn ]
/ ˈkɔɪ sɑn /
a family of languages found chiefly in southern Africa and including the languages of the San and the Khoikhoi.
of or belonging to Khoisan.
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British Dictionary definitions for Khoisan
/ (ˈkɔɪsɑːn, kɔɪˈsɑːn) /
a family of languages spoken in southern Africa by the Khoikhoi and Bushmen and by two small groups in Tanzania. A characteristic phonological feature of these languages is the use of suction stops (clicks)
denoting, relating to, or belonging to this family of languages
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