Bushman, noun

Forms:
Also Bushesman.
Origin:
DutchShow more Translation of Dutch Bosjesman, see Bosjesman. See also quotation 1841.
1.
a. San sense 1. Also attributive.
Note:
See note at San sense 1.
1698 W. Dampier New Voy. round World II. 108A small Nation of Savage People, called by our English Wild Bushmen; that live in Caves and in holes of Rocks...They are of low stature, tawny colour’d, with crisped Hair.
1990 W. Steenkamp in Frontline Dec. 19At least two of my ancestors had their lives saved by Bushmen, and I object to ‘San’, which means ‘robber’. It’s a hell of a label to hang on an innocent people who were the original South Africans.
b. combinations
Bushman bells, see quotation 1913 ;
Bushman painting, a rock painting made with various natural pigments, and believed to have had religious significance ;
Bushman’s bottom, see quotation 1969 ;
Bushman’s potato, (a) see quotation 1886; (b) see quotation 1982 .
1905 G.W. Stow Native Races of S. Afr. 110The last instruments we shall notice were those which have been termed ‘Bushman bells.’
1982 Fox & Norwood Young Food from Veld 232Fungi Terfezia claveryi,..Common names: English — Bushman potato, Kalahari truffle, truffle...In size and colour these truffles resemble potatoes and they have been recorded in dry and sandy localities between the northern Cape and the Mediterranean.
2. San sense 2. Also attributive.
1835 W.B. Boyce in A. Steedman Wanderings II. 280One of these men interpreted my interpreter’s Caffre into the Bushman language, and, for the first time, one hundred and twenty of these wanderers heard the words of everlasting life.
1986 M. Picardie in S. Gray Market Plays 93Go back, back to the time when dark skins, crinkly hair, flat nose, thick lips, talking Malay, or Hottentot or Bushman or even Xhosa didn’t matter.
3. Derogatory and offensive. coloured noun sense a. Also attributive.
1954 M. Gandhi in Drum Feb. 14The term commonly used for Indians, Coloureds and Africans is respectively ‘Coolie,’ ‘Bushman’ and ‘Kaffir.’
1986 M. Picardie in S. Gray Market Plays 87You Hottentot rubbish...You Bushman piece of dirt.
San1. Also attributive.
, see quotation 1913
, a rock painting made with various natural pigments, and believed to have had religious significance
, see quotation 1969
, (a) see quotation 1886; (b) see quotation 1982
San2. Also attributive.
colourednouna. Also attributive.

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