noun, plural gnus, (especially collectively) gnu.
Origin of gnu
Examples from the Web for gnus
Reuben followed suit, and the destruction wrought by the gnus was at once manifest.Under Drake's Flag|G. A. Henty
Nay, further, there are one or two species—the Gnus of South Africa—that bear a considerable resemblance to horses!Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found|Mayne Reid
I only hoped that the gnus had led them a long chase, and that they were far away from me.In the Wilds of Africa|W.H.G. Kingston
The quaggas and gnus, however, soon after separated, going off in different directions.Hendricks the Hunter|W.H.G. Kingston
The Gnus, Connochaetes, are familiar owing to their curious aspect.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia|Frank Evers Beddard
British Dictionary definitions for gnus
noun plural gnus or gnu
Word Origin for gnu
Word Origin and History for gnus
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).