noun large African antelope having a head with horns like an ox and a long tufted tail
Hottentot gnu, or nju: cf. F. gnou.
(Zoöl.)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.✍ 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.