• Looking at a gnu with an utlander in the distance
    Looking at a gnu with an utlander in the distance
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gnu large African antelope having a head with horns like an ox and a long tufted tail
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gnu (Zoöl) 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.☞ 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gnu An African animal of the genus Catoblepas (or Connochætes), belonging to the antilopine division of the family Bovidæ; a wildebeest. The gnu has little of the appearance of an ordinary antelope, being a creature of singular shape, strangely combining characters which recall at once horse, ass, and ox. There art two very distinct species, the common gnu, C., gnu, and the brindled gnu, C. gorgon, sometimes generically separated under the name Gorgonia. The former stands about 4 feet high at the withers, and is about 5½ feet long; the shoulders are hunched; the neck is maned like an ass's; the tail is long and flowing like a horse's; the head is like a buffalo's, with a broad muzzle, and beset with long bristly hairs; other long hairs hang from the dewlap and between the fore legs; there are horns in both sexes, in the male massive, meeting over the poll, then curving downward and outward and again turned up at the tip, like a muskox's; the color is brownish or blackish, with much white in the tail and mane. The brindled gnu is a larger animal, striped on the fore quarters, with black tail and more copious mane; it is known as the blue wildebeest, and by the Bechuan name kokon or kokoon. Both species inhabit southerly parts of Africa, in company with zebras and quaggas, and usually go in herds like other antelopes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gnu a genus of antelopes native to South Africa, of which the best-known species has characters of the ox, buffalo, and horse.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hottentot gnu, or nju,: cf. F. gnou,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

GNU, n. An animal of South Africa, which in its domesticated state resembles a horse, a buffalo and a stag.
"The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce
For till this hour, when a man was swept with the gnu's tail of the Isanusi that was the instant of his death.
"Nada the Lily" by H. Rider Haggard
Why not, then, new things to the gnu, And trews to Highland clansmen true?
"Pipe and Pouch" by Various
I shot a gnu, but wandered in coming back to the party, and did not find them till it was getting dark.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume I (of 2), 1866-1868" by David Livingstone
There are marks of gnu and buffalo.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
The gnu saw neither honey-bird nor badger till he was within a yard of them.
"The Way of the Wild" by F. St. Mars
The gnu was dancing about, and the ostriches ran races with me, but I am still the fastest.
"Stories from Hans Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
I must here include one of the most curious animals in India, a creature resembling at first sight the African gnu.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
There in the plains were herds of buffalo too numerous to count, quagga, zebra, gnu, eland, and bok of all kinds.
"Off to the Wilds" by George Manville Fenn
Presently the leader took a leap, and alighted on the haunches of the affrighted gnu.
"Hendricks the Hunter" by W.H.G. Kingston

In news:

The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) was first released by two University of California at Berkeley students in 1996.
The UK's health system: gnu needed.
Whereas Ubuntu 12.04 LTS included version 4.6 of GCC, or the GNU Compiler Collection, Quantal Quetzal 's Alpha 1 upgrades that to version 4.7.
Q&A: The GNU/Linux and Free Software guru explains why 12,500 high schools in a southern Indian state will switch all their computers from Windows to Linux.
Gnu's Greenhorn Games: Mount Seymour.
"Snowboardo Dia de los Muertos" is a new Gnu tradition of celebrating our deceased snowboards, by giving them new life.
Gnu and its sister company, Lib Tech, have reinvented board tech twice in the past decade by creating reverse camber and ice-gripping wavy ridges.
Sylvain Labbe aka Ozzy from Sunday Coders announced the GNU/ Linux release of his game Marball Odyssey.
GNU Snowboards presents TUBE CITY – POPULATION RADNESS on February 4th at Summit at Snoqualmie, WA.
Gnu's Greenhorn Games: Sierra .
Gnu headed south for the first ever Greenhorn Games in NorCal and brought the NW pow with them.
(Images courtesy of Army Corps of Engineers and Wikimedia under GNU license).
I doubt that the Gnu Compiler Collection (GCC) will go away any time soon.

In science:

This information is free; you can redistribute it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation.
Computational Asteroseismology
The test code has been written in pure C in order to minimize the effect of compiler overhead, and compiled with the GNU C Compiler version 2.95.2.
Performance Comparison of Function Evaluation Methods
Furthermore, most general-purpose compilers (including the GNU C compiler) use this representation too.
Performance Comparison of Function Evaluation Methods
The algebra U (a) = C[H ] has a grading such that deg (H ) = 1, denote by GnU (a) the associated increasing filtration.
Algebraic structure of Yang-Mills theory
Then ufn (sn ) gnu−sn ≈ an,sn if gn → e (and |sn | < 1/(4|cn |)).
Unipotent flows on the space of branched covers of Veech surfaces