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 for GNU
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  gnu
      n 1: large African antelope having a head with horns like an ox
           and a long tufted tail [syn: gnu, wildebeest]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  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
  
  

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

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

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  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 , founder of Usenet's
      anarchic alt.* hierarchy.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  GNU
  
      /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.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1997-04-12)
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  GNU, n.  An animal of South Africa, which in its domesticated state
  resembles a horse, a buffalo and a stag.  In its wild condition it is
  something like a thunderbolt, an earthquake and a cyclone.
  
      A hunter from Kew caught a distant view
          Of a peacefully meditative gnu,
      And he said:  "I'll pursue, and my hands imbrue
          In its blood at a closer interview."
      But that beast did ensue and the hunter it threw
          O'er the top of a palm that adjacent grew;
      And he said as he flew:  "It is well I withdrew
          Ere, losing my temper, I wickedly slew
          That really meritorious gnu."
                                                             Jarn Leffer
  

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