A gnu is a large, stocky antelope whose seeming ambition is to be a cow. Distinctive for its bizarre rocking-horse running motion, this oddly-formed even-toed ungulate has been described as being made up of parts left over from other animals, an assessment that is probably unfair to other animals. But although their doll appearance may endear gnus (or"gnu"; either pluralization is correct) to the public at large, few palindromists are ever charmed to find a gnu noshing nonchalantly in their word gardens; indeed, their more usual reaction to such a discovery is to, well, have a gnu.
"No Gnus is Good Gnus,"
Word Ways: Vol. 35
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol35/iss1/7