from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of two large African antelopes (Connochaetes gnou or C. taurinus) having a drooping mane and beard, a long tufted tail, and curved horns in both sexes. Also called wildebeest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large antelope native to Africa having curved horns.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of two species of large South African antelopes of the genus Catoblephas, having a mane and bushy tail, and curved horns in both sexes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An African animal of the genus Catoblepas (or Connochætes), belonging to the antilopine division of the family Bovidæ; a wildebeest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large African antelope having a head with horns like an ox and a long tufted tail


Probably from Dutch gnoe, from Xhosa i-ngu, white-tailed gnu, from San !nu, black wildebeest.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Taken from Nama, likely (onomatopoeia) of the grunt-type noise of the gnu. (Wiktionary)



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