Khoisan

noun
Khoi·​san | \ ˈkȯi-ˌsän How to pronounce Khoisan (audio) , -ˈsän \

Definition of Khoisan

1 : a group of African peoples speaking Khoisan languages
2 : a group of languages of southern and eastern Africa that have clicks in their consonantal inventories and that include the languages of the Khoikhoi and San

First Known Use of Khoisan

1930, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Khoisan

Khoikhoi + San

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“Khoisan.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Khoisan. Accessed 16 December 2019.

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