Meaning of !Kung

relating to the Kung or their language.
a member of a San (Bushman) people of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa.
the Khoisan language of the Kung.

!Kung

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! Kung

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n.
1. A member of a Bushman village in eastern Namibia and western Botswana.
2. The Khoisan language! Kung
Usage note: The word orthographically unusual ! Kung is the name of a people who have traditionally lived as hunter-gatherers in the Kalahari. The language of! Kung, like many other indigenous languages ​​of southern Africa, such as Khoikhoi, Xhosa and Zulu, uses a series of consonants called clicks that are rarely found outside this area of ​​Africa. In English, clicks are found only in some interjections, such as tsk-tsk, which is technically a repeated alveolar click in which the front end of the tongue is pressed against the alveolar crest behind the teeth. The exclamation point in ! Kung symbolizes a similar click, but with the front part of the tongue blade against the palate near the alveolar crest. Therefore, it is called clickvelarlar. In the Xhosa language, which belongs to the Bantu language group, the letters xh represent another type of click made further back in the mouth, on one side or both of the language, and accompanied by a breath of air. This sound (similar to that used by a rider when urging a horse to move) is called a aspirated side click.