Definitions for khoisanˈkɔɪ sɑn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a family of languages found chiefly in S Africa and including the languages of the San and the Khoikhoi.
Khoisan, Khoisan language(noun)
a family of languages spoken in southern Africa
The group of Southern African indigenous people, comprising the Khoi and San. Indigenous to the semi-desert regions.
A member of the Khoi or San people.
The group of languages associated with the Khoisan including Nama, u2021Hu00F5u00E3, !Kung, !Xu0169u0169, Ju/u2019hoan, and u2021Kxu2019auu01C1u2019ein.
Origin: Compound of the name of two tribes, the pastoral Khoi (formerly Hottentots) and the hunter-gatherer San (formerly Bushmen).
Khoisan is a unifying name for two ethnic groups of Southern Africa, who share physical and putative linguistic characteristics distinct from the Bantu majority of the region. Culturally, the Khoisan are divided into the foraging San and the pastoral Khoi. The San include the original inhabitants of Southern Africa before the southward Bantu migrations from Central and East Africa reached their region, which led to Bantu farmers replacing the Khoi and San as the predominant population. Khoi pastoralists apparently arrived in Southern Africa shortly before the Bantu. Over time, some Khoi abandoned pastoralism and adopted the hunter-gatherer economy of the San, likely due to a drying climate, and are now considered San. Similarly, the Bantu Damara later abandoned agriculture and adopted the Khoi economy. Large Khoisan populations remain in several arid areas in the region, notably in the Kalahari Desert.
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