• Pertaining to the ancient people of the Horn of Africa, historically considered the descendants of biblical Cush.

Proper Noun


  • A member of one of various peoples native to the Horn of Africa, generally restricted to those that speak Cushitic languages.


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

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