bushman

noun
bush·​man | \ ˈbu̇sh-mən How to pronounce bushman (audio) \

Definition of bushman

1 Bushman [modification of obsolete Afrikaans boschjesman, from boschje (diminutive of bosch forest) + Afrikaans man] now sometimes offensive
a : an indigenous people of southern Africa who have traditionally lived by hunting and foraging in small groups and are considered the oldest inhabitants of the region : san sense 1
b chiefly Australia : a person who lives in the bush

First Known Use of bushman

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Bushman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bushman. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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