Definition of gnu in English:

gnu

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Pronunciation: /(ɡ)nuː
 
, (ɡ)njuː
 
/

noun

A large dark antelope with a long head, a beard and mane, and a sloping back. Also called wildebeest.
  • Genus Connochaetes, family Bovidae: two species, in particular the abundant brindled gnu or blue wildebeest (C. taurinus)
More example sentences
  • In eastern Africa, they mostly hunt Thomson's gazelles, but they will also attack calves, warthogs, zebras, impalas, and the young of large antelopes such as the gnu.
  • Every February, give or take a couple of weeks, more than a million wildebeest, or gnus, gather in the south-eastern quadrant of their quasi-circular migration route.
  • With his travelling companions he stood on a hill looking down on the savannah stretching to the far horizon, gigantic herds of gazelle, antelope, gnu, zebra, and warthog grazing and moving forwards like slow rivers.

Origin

late 18th century: from Khoikhoi and San, perhaps imitative of the sound made by the animal when alarmed.

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