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Definition of GNU

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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}.] [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

GNU
   /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 <gnu@toad.com>}, founder of Usenet's anarchic alt.* hierarchy.


The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

GNU
         GNU's Not Unix (recursive!, Unix, GNU, OS)


V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2013) [vera]

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


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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