This preliminary combination, where the g, previously pronounced, happens to be hushed, does occur in terms of Anglo-Saxon source, as gnat, gnaw (and obs. gnast, guide, etc.); terms of reduced German (seldom of High German) or Scandinavian beginning, which gn- is variable to or stands for kn-, as gnag, gnar, gnar, gnarl, gnarl, gnash, gnast, gneiss, etc.; words of Latin or Greek source, as gnarity, Gnaphalium, gnthitis, gnome, gnomon, etc.; words of various other foreign origin, as gnu, Gnetum, etc.