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(Science: zoology) 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.

alternative forms: gnoo.

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.

Origin: hottentot gnu, or nju: cf. F. Gnou.