A.adjectiveOf 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).
1790W. PatersonNarr. 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.
1991F.G. ButlerLocal 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.
1977R. ElphickKraal & 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’.
1985G.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.
1985G.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.
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