Definition of gnu noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//nuː//
; NAmE NAmE//nuː//
; BrE BrE//njuː//
; NAmE NAmE//njuː//
(pl. gnu, gnus) = wildebeest
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Word Originlate 18th cent.: from Khoikhoi and San, perhaps imitative of the sound made by the animal when alarmed. Khoikhoi and San are southern African languages.
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