Gnu meaning

no͝o, nyo͝o
A large antelope native to Africa having curved horns.
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Either of two large African antelopes (Connochaetes gnou or C. taurinus) having a drooping mane and beard, a long tufted tail, and curved horns in both sexes.
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Either of two large African antelopes (genus Connochaetes) with an oxlike head, horns that curve forward, and a horselike mane and tail; wildebeest.
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(GNU's Not Unix) A Unix-like operating system developed by the free software movement starting in 1984. In 1992, the almost-complete GNU system was combined with the Linux kernel, producing the GNU/Linux system. The GNU Project developed many of the core programs in GNU, but also included available free software such as the X Window System and TeX. See GNU Project, GNU/Linux, Free Software Foundation, free software and Linux.
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Origin of gnu

  • Probably from Dutch gnoe from Xhosa i-ngu white-tailed gnu from San !nu black wildebeest
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Taken from Nama, likely onomatopoeic of the grunt-type noise of the gnu.
    From Wiktionary