a.1.Half savage.
n.1.One who is half savage.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Wonderful plants, electric eels, armadillos, monkeys, parrots and many, many authentically semisavage Indians.
Previously I only thought of them as pagans and, at best, semisavages.
John Holm notes that "this contempt often stemmed in part from the feeling that pidgins and creoles were corruptions of higher, usually European languages, [by people] who were often perceived as semisavages whose partial acquisition of civilised habits was somehow an affront" (Holm, 1).