bushman

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From bush +‎ man.

Noun[edit]

bushman (plural bushmen)

  1. (Australia) A person who frequents the Australian bush or outback, often skilled in camping techniques.
    • 1970, Douglas Pike, Australia: The Quiet Continent, page 230,
      To A. B. Paterson, son of a dispossessed squatter, writing from a city office, the bushmen with their horses and simple skills were the backbone of Australia.
    • 2000, Donald Denoon, Philippa Mein Smith, Marivic Wyndham, A History of Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific, page 214,
      Its[The Bulletin's] writers shaped ‘a group myth about Australians and their destiny’; in the absence of conventional heroes, visiting the past to claim the bushman as the first ‘Australian’, the anti-hero in the struggles against empire.
    • 2010, Susan Lawrence, Peter Davies, An Archaeology of Australia Since 1788, page 117,
      Later, historian Russel Ward (1958) famously identified the outback bushman as the “typical” Australian – a rugged individualist, courageous and loyal to his mates.

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