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NOUN (1)

1. large African antelope having a head with horns like an ox and a long tufted tail;
[syn: gnu, wildebeest]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gnu \Gnu\, n. [Hottentot gnu, or nju: cf. F. gnou.] (Zool.) One of two species of large South African antelopes of the genus Catoblephas, having a mane and bushy tail, and curved horns in both sexes. [Written also gnoo.] [1913 Webster] Note: The common gnu or wildebeest (Catoblephas gnu) is plain brown; the brindled gnu or blue wildebeest (C. gorgon) is larger, with transverse stripes of black on the neck and shoulders. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

gnu n 1: large African antelope having a head with horns like an ox and a long tufted tail [syn: gnu, wildebeest]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

33 Moby Thesaurus words for "gnu": Cape elk, Virginia deer, antelope, buck, camel, camelopard, caribou, deer, deerlet, doe, dromedary, eland, elk, fallow deer, fawn, gazelle, giraffe, hart, hartebeest, hind, kaama, moose, mule deer, musk deer, okapi, red deer, reindeer, roe, roe deer, roebuck, springbok, stag, wildebeest
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

GNU GNU's Not Unix (recursive!, Unix, GNU, OS)
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

GNU /gnoo/, not, /noo/ 1. [acronym: ?GNU?s Not Unix!', see recursive acronym] A Unix-workalike development effort of the Free Software Foundation headed by Richard Stallman. GNU EMACS and the GNU C compiler, two tools designed for this project, have become very popular in hackerdom and elsewhere. The GNU project was designed partly to proselytize for RMS's position that information is community property and all software source should be shared. One of its slogans is ?Help stamp out software hoarding!? Though this remains controversial (because it implicitly denies any right of designers to own, assign, and sell the results of their labors), many hackers who disagree with RMS have nevertheless cooperated to produce large amounts of high-quality software for free redistribution under the Free Software Foundation's imprimatur. The GNU project has a web page at http:// www.gnu.org/. See EMACS, copyleft, General Public Virus, Linux. 2. Noted Unix hacker John Gilmore }, founder of Usenet's anarchic alt.* hierarchy.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

GNU /g*noo/ 1. A recursive acronym: "GNU's Not Unix!". The Free Software Foundation's project to provide a freely distributable replacement for Unix. The GNU Manifesto was published in the March 1985 issue of Dr. Dobb's Journal but the GNU project started a year and a half earlier when Richard Stallman was trying to get funding to work on his freely distributable editor, Emacs. Emacs and the GNU C compiler, gcc, two tools designed for this project, have become very popular. GNU software is available from many GNU archive sites. See also Hurd. 2. John Gilmore. [Jargon File] (1997-04-12)
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

GNU, n. An animal of South Africa, which in its domesticated state resembles a horse, a buffalo and a stag. In its wild condition it is something like a thunderbolt, an earthquake and a cyclone. A hunter from Kew caught a distant view Of a peacefully meditative gnu, And he said: "I'll pursue, and my hands imbrue In its blood at a closer interview." But that beast did ensue and the hunter it threw O'er the top of a palm that adjacent grew; And he said as he flew: "It is well I withdrew Ere, losing my temper, I wickedly slew That really meritorious gnu." Jarn Leffer