Cushite

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cush + -ite, coined in the 1820s. In the early 19th century, the term referred to the tan to dark-skinned Horn of Africans (synonymous with Herodotus' Ethiopians) in general. The technical linguistic sense is due to Friedrich Müller (1876).

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Adjective[edit]

Cushite (not comparable)

  1. pertaining to the ancient people of Horn of Africa, considered the descendants of biblical Cush

Proper noun[edit]

Cushite

  1. a member of one of the peoples of the Horn of Africa
  2. a sub-family of the Afro-Asiatic languages, Cushitic