noun, plural gnus, (especially collectively) gnu.
Origin of gnu
Examples from the Web for gnu
The forests are full of apes and baboons, and the gnu, the zebra, and the buffalo are to be found.South and South Central Africa|H. Frances Davidson
I treated the flesh of the zebra as I had done that of the gnu, although it was not quite so palatable.In the Wilds of Africa|W.H.G. Kingston
Although the flesh of the gnu had greatly revived them, still in a short time their thirst returned.
The lads rushed forward, eager to obtain some of the flesh of the gnu.
Gnu is from the Hottentots, and giraffe from the Arabic zaraf.The Log of the Sun|William Beebe
noun plural gnus or gnu
Word Origin for gnu
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).