1. [syn: gnu, wildebeest]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gnu \Gnu\, n. [Hottentot gnu, or nju: cf. F. gnou.] (Zool.)
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. [Written also gnoo.]
Note: The common gnu or wildebeest (Catoblephas gnu) is
plain brown; the brindled gnu or blue wildebeest (C.
gorgon) is larger, with transverse stripes of black on
the neck and shoulders.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: large African antelope having a head with horns like an ox
and a long tufted tail [syn: gnu, wildebeest]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
33 Moby Thesaurus words for "gnu":
Cape elk, Virginia deer, antelope, buck, camel, camelopard,
caribou, deer, deerlet, doe, dromedary, eland, elk, fallow deer,
fawn, gazelle, giraffe, hart, hartebeest, hind, kaama, moose,
mule deer, musk deer, okapi, red deer, reindeer, roe, roe deer,
roebuck, springbok, stag, wildebeest
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016):
GNU's Not Unix (recursive!, Unix, GNU, OS)
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
/gnoo/, not, /noo/
1. [acronym: ?GNU?s Not Unix!', see recursive acronym] A Unix-workalike
development effort of the Free Software Foundation headed by Richard
Stallman. GNU EMACS and the GNU C compiler, two tools designed for this
project, have become very popular in hackerdom and elsewhere. The GNU
project was designed partly to proselytize for RMS's position that
information is community property and all software source should be shared.
One of its slogans is ?Help stamp out software hoarding!? Though this
remains controversial (because it implicitly denies any right of designers
to own, assign, and sell the results of their labors), many hackers who
disagree with RMS have nevertheless cooperated to produce large amounts of
high-quality software for free redistribution under the Free Software
Foundation's imprimatur. The GNU project has a web page at http://
www.gnu.org/. See EMACS, copyleft, General Public Virus, Linux.
2. Noted Unix hacker John Gilmore }, founder of Usenet's
anarchic alt.* hierarchy.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
/g*noo/ 1. A recursive acronym:
"GNU's Not Unix!". The Free Software Foundation's project
to provide a freely distributable replacement for Unix. The
GNU Manifesto was published in the March 1985 issue of
Dr. Dobb's Journal but the GNU project started a year and a
half earlier when Richard Stallman was trying to get funding
to work on his freely distributable editor, Emacs.
Emacs and the GNU C compiler, gcc, two tools designed
for this project, have become very popular. GNU software is
available from many GNU archive sites.
See also Hurd.
2. John Gilmore.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
GNU, n. 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."