noun, plural bushmen.
a woodsman.
Australian. a pioneer; dweller in the bush.
(initial capital letter) San.

1775–85; bush1 + man1, modeled on Afrikaans boschjesman literally, man of the bush

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bushman (ˈbʊʃmən)
n , pl -men
(Austral), (NZ) a person who lives or travels in the bush, esp one versed in bush lore

Bushman (ˈbʊʃmən)
n , pl -man, -men
1.  a member of a hunting and gathering people of southern Africa, esp the Kalahari region, typically having leathery yellowish skin, short stature, and prominent buttocks
2.  any language of this people, belonging to the Khoisan family
[C18: from Afrikaans boschjesman]

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1785, from South African Du. boschjesman, lit. "man of the bush."
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Bushmen definition

The nomadic hunting and gathering peoples of the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa, in Botswana, Namibia, and Angola. (See hunting and gathering societies and nomadism.)

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Children had no duties besides to play, and leisure was very important to the bushmen.
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