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Meaning of GNU

Pronunciation:  noo

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  large African antelope having a head with horns like an ox and a long tufted tail

GNU is a 3 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: wildebeest
 See Also: antelope, Connochaetes, genus Connochaetes



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Gnu\, n. [Hottentot gnu, or nju: cf. F. gnou.] (Zo["o]l.)
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.

Computing Dictionary

/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.

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