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n. pl. Bechuana or Bech·u·a·nas
See Tswana.


(bɛˈtʃwɑːnə; ˌbɛtʃʊˈɑːnə; ˌbɛkjʊ-)
n, pl -na or -nas
1. (Languages) a former name for Tswana
2. (Peoples) a former name for Tswana
3. (Peoples) a former name for a member of the Bantu people of Botswana


(ˈtswɑ nə, ˈswɑ-)

n., pl. -nas, (esp. collectively) -na.
1. a member of an African people, a division of the Sotho, living mainly in Botswana and in the Transvaal and Cape Province in South Africa.
2. the Bantu language of the Tswana.
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Noun1.Bechuana - a member of a Bantu people living chiefly in Botswana and western South AfricaBechuana - a member of a Bantu people living chiefly in Botswana and western South Africa
Botswana, Republic of Botswana - a landlocked republic in south-central Africa that became independent from British control in the 1960s
Republic of South Africa, South Africa - a republic at the southernmost part of Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1910; first European settlers were Dutch (known as Boers)
Bantu - a member of any of a large number of linguistically related peoples of Central and South Africa
References in classic literature ?
He was a Bechuana by birth, a good hunter, and for a native a very clever man.
Es un bechuana que ha recorrido grandes distancias a pie, a caballo, en carro, en tren y en barco por mares y rios.
Bogadi: A Study of the Marriage Laws and Customs of the Bechuana Tribes of South Africa.
The Tswana people of South Africa, also known as Batswana or Bechuana (dialectical variants) people, have their origin traced to the Northern part of South Africa, in the present day Botswana (Breutz, 1989) where they share similarities in cultural practices till now.
John and Jean Comaroff have shown how western clothes facilitated the colonization of nineteenth century southern Africa, a process they call "conquest by consumption," by inducing the Bechuana to covet western commodities.