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n. pl. Bechuana or Bech·u·a·nas
See Tswana.
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(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
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(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
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References in classic literature ?
He was a Bechuana by birth, a good hunter, and for a native a very clever man.
instance, he insists he is down with "a touch of Bechuana
(Is the following the original or a translation, if the latter please insert the original here) The similarity between all pastoral nations is such that some passages in the history of the Jews read uncommonly like a description of the Bechuana during the nineteenth century [...] In the Psalms the similarity is so emphasized that it seems difficult at times to persuade oneself that the writer was not a Mochuana, e.g.
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.
(1.) 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.