\ ˈnü also ˈnyü How to pronounce gnu (audio) \
plural gnu or gnus

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In short, no gnus is bad news—and gnu populations are on the decline. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How Noisy Males Control the Gnu’s Cycle," 11 July 2018 This week, the fruits of the team’s ambitious gnu-napping expedition appeared in the journal Science Reports. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How Noisy Males Control the Gnu’s Cycle," 11 July 2018 Finally, after nearly 80 years, the Detroit Zoo has gotten some gnu animals. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "After almost 80 years, the Detroit Zoo finally gets some gnu animals," 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,, "Academy of Natural Sciences renovates its dioramas for the first time since the 1930s," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of gnu

1777, in the meaning defined above

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Khoikhoi t'gnu

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\ ˈnü How to pronounce gnu (audio) , ˈnyü\
plural gnu or gnus

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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