Bush, adjective2 and noun2

Origin:
From Bushman.
A. adjective Of or pertaining to the San people; frequently an element in special collocations, as Bush-boy, a San boy or man, and Bush-woman. Cf. Bosjes-menschen (see Bosjesman sense 1).
1790 W. Paterson Narr. of Four Journeys 71An excursion to the Hantum..called the Boshmens’ Land, from its being inhabited by the Bush Hottentots..a very different people from the other peaceable and well-disposed inhabitants of this region.
1821 E.S. Pigot Journal. 45The Bush boy took off all the gentlemen; we danced more, then he took off the Ladies, made us laugh very much.
1824 W.J. Burchell Trav. II. 96Another of the Bushwomen complained that this baas had compelled her son to remain in his service against his wish.
1824 W.J. Burchell Trav. II. 128The people were unable to proceed any farther, and..were of opinion that the Bushboy was dying.
1828 T. Pringle Ephemerides 85Afar in the Desert I love to ride, With the silent Bush-boy alone by my side.
1829 C. Rose Four Yrs in Sn Afr. 105In his time, the Bush people were still numerous, scattered over the country in small parties.
1835 A. Steedman Wanderings II. 22We..found extremely useful the services of an active young Bush-boy, named Cupido.
a1838 A. Smith Jrnl (1975) 146We were visited by a considerable number of Bush-women, but by no means could we succeed in getting a glimpse of their countrymen.
1841 J.E. Alexander in B. Shaw Memorials 33Once on a time, a certain Namacqua was travelling in the company of a Bush-woman, carrying a child on her back.
1841 B. Shaw Memorials 100One man, and a poor bush-boy, died of thirst, as died also seven of their dogs.
1874 D. Livingstone Last Jrnls I. 89In 1841 I saw a Bushwoman in the Cape Colony with a round stone and a hole through it.
1878 T.J. Lucas Camp Life & Sport 207The Boer, finding he had missed the cock bird, jumped into his wagon again, sending his bush-boy after the wounded female.
1907 W.C. Scully By Veldt & Kopje 232The child had been dragged out from under the flaming roof by an old Bushwoman.
1928 E.H.L. Schwarz Kalahari & its Native Races 174In most cases..children of Bechuana with Bushwomen remain with the former.
1955 V.M. Fitzroy Dark Bright Land 52At Capt. Moresby’s dance last evening..we was diverted by the performance of a half-breed bush boy.
1991 F.G. Butler Local Habitation 191Bored stones..beautifully shaped by millions of years in river beds or long-since shifted shores, searched for, and found by a ‘Bushman’, or, more likely, Bush woman, and then patiently pierced by boring with a harder stone..from either side.
B. noun A name given to the languages of the Khoisan peoples. Also attributive.
1928 E.H.L. Schwarz Kalahari & its Native Races 177Their language is sometimes Bush, but more often a jargon of Sechuana.
1977 R. Elphick Kraal & Castle 13It is unlikely that even an approximate date for the Khoikhoi genesis can be obtained through linguistic research, even in the improbable event of a reliable glottochronological date being obtained for the divergence of proto-Khoikhoi from Central ‘Bush’.
1985 G.T. Nurse et al. Peoples of Sn Afr. 106The !Kung are the principal speakers of what used to, and may yet again, be called the ‘Northern Bush’ languages.
1985 G.T. Nurse et al. Peoples of Sn Afr. 108The Nharo..are speakers of a ‘Central Bush’ or Tshu-Khwe language, one of the Hottentot (Khoi) language family...The ‘Southern Bush’ languages are spoken by the G!aokx’ate in Namibia and by the more numerous !Xo in Botswana.
Of or pertaining to the San people; frequently an element in special collocations, as Bush-boy, a San boy or man, and Bush-woman.
A name given to the languages of the Khoisan peoples. Also attributive.

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