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Definition of Gnu

  GNU   noun
An animal of South Africa, which in its domesticated state resembles a horse, a buffalo and a stag.  In its wild condition it is something like a thunderbolt, an earthquake and a cyclone.
  A hunter from Kew caught a distant view
      Of a peacefully meditative gnu,
  And he said:  'I'll pursue, and my hands imbrue
      In its blood at a closer interview.'
  But that beast did ensue and the hunter it threw
      O'er the top of a palm that adjacent grew;
  And he said as he flew:  'It is well I withdrew
      Ere, losing my temper, I wickedly slew
      That really meritorious gnu.'

Jarn Leffer

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
nu: n. any antelope of the genus Connochaetes, native to S. Africa, with a large erect head and brown stripes on the neck and shoulders. Also called WILDEBEEST. [Bushman nqu, prob. through Du. gnoe]

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