- pertaining to the ancient people of Horn of Africa, considered the descendants of biblical Cush
- a member of one of the peoples of the Horn of Africa
- a sub-family of the Afro-Asiatic languages, Cushitic
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).
Variant of Cush
- the oldest of Ham's sons
- the land inhabited by his descendants, thought to be on the W shore of the Red Sea: Gen. 10:8; 1 Chron. 1:10