(Dutch, Boschjesman). Natives of South Africa who live in the “bush”; the aborigines of the Cape; dwellers in the Australian “bush;” a bush farmer.
“Bushmen ... are the only nomades in the country. They never cultivate the soil, nor rear any domestic animal save wretched dogs.”— Livingstone: Travels, chap. ii. p. 55.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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