Cush + -ite, coined in the 1820s. In the early 19th century, the term referred to the tan to dark-skinned people of the Horn of Africa (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 the Horn of Africa, considered the descendants of biblical Cush.
- A member of one of the people of the Horn of Africa.
- A sub-family of the Afro-Asiatic languages; Cushitic.