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).
Cushite (not comparable)
- 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