Mrs. gnu looked at them closely, and praised them very much, and quietly glanced at her own, which were really splendid.
gnu is from the Hottentots, and giraffe from the Arabic zaraf.
Their very first dash alarmed the gnu, some thirty strong, and they dashed off in another direction.
So that altogether the gnu cannot be considered as a handsome animal!
The gnu was known to the Romans; and probably the nyl-ghau and the om-kergay (quite harmless, and the size of a rhinoceros).
Suddenly he touches one with the gnu's tail which he carries in his hand.
For it was most amusing to watch the dogs, sitting all four in a row, hungrily looking at the skinning and cutting up of the gnu.
As he said this he looked fixedly at Mrs. gnu, and there was not quite so much laughing.
At Sèvres I saw two pieces of china; on one of them was a gnu, on the other a zebra.
But Mrs. gnu continued to be like Rachel, and Mr. Boosey continued to try to amuse her.
1777, gnoo, from Dutch gnoe, used by German traveler Georg Forster (1754-1794) to render Hottentot i-ngu "wildebeest," from Southern Bushman !nu: (in which ! and : represent clicks).
/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.