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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A family of languages of southern Africa, including those of the Khoikhoin and the San.

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  • proper n. The group of Southern African indigenous people, comprising the Khoi and San. Indigenous to the semi-desert regions.
  • proper n. The group of languages associated with the Khoisan including Nama, ‡Hõã, ǃKung, ǃXũũ, Ju/’hoan, and ‡Kx’auǁ’ein.
  • n. A member of the Khoi or San people.

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  • n. a family of languages spoken in southern Africa

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Nama khoi(-khoi-n), the Nama people; see Khoikhoin + Nama san, the San people; see San.

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Compound of the name of two tribes, the pastoral Khoi (formerly Hottentots) and the hunter-gatherer San (formerly Bushmen).

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