plural gnu or gnus

Illustration of gnu

Illustration of gnu

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The protesters might instead have been using signs with a kangaroo or an elephant or a gnu. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 6 Oct. 2021 Then cruise the Rufiji River to watch for elephants, hippos, lions, leopards, and brindled gnu. Kitson Jazynka, National Geographic, 14 June 2019 In short, no gnus is bad news—and gnu populations are on the decline. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, 11 July 2018 Finally, after nearly 80 years, the Detroit Zoo has gotten some gnu animals. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2018 Last Tuesday, the 8-by-12-foot glass fronts came down from dioramas of lowland gorillas and takin (a gnu goat from mountainous western China), and the sweet smell of old preservative filled the air. Stephan Salisbury,, 19 Feb. 2018

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Word History


Khoikhoi t'gnu

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gnu was in 1777

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“Gnu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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