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An acronym contained within an acronym and which is the same as the original acronym.
GNU is an acronym for "GNU's Not Unix." When the derivative acronym is expanded, the original acronym is repeated indefinitely. (Computer and Information Science)

"Yeah, and then he says to me, 'Did you notice that "GNU" is a recursive parsonym?'" "Like I give a f***." "What a flake."
by dreadsocks November 18, 2007
An acronym contained within an acronym and which is the same as the original acronym.
GNU is an acronym for "GNU's Not Unix." When the derivative acronym is expanded, the original acronym is repeated indefinitely. (Computer and Information Science)

"Yeah, and then he says to me, 'Did you notice that "GNU" is a recursive parsonym?'" "Like I give a f***." "What a flake."
by dreadsocks November 17, 2007

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