A very curious circumstance pertains to the voice of the mule and the hinny.
Beggars dinna work, hinny, said he—but do not be in a passion.
You wouldn't deprive a poor cratur of all the comfort she has in the world, would ye, hinny?
And oh, hinny, but your mother had been a weel-faured woman in her day!
The hinny of Jeanette echoed wildly from the cliffs, and was answered by the bark and howl of the prairie-wolf.
The hinny, on the other hand, the produce of the stallion and she ass, is essentially a modified horse.
And who tould the like of ye, how to make a brum like that, hinny?
The body and barrel, however, of the hinny are flat and narrow, in which it differs from the horse and resembles the she ass.
The difference between the mule and the hinny would seem to be explicable on this supposition.
The mule is the progeny of the male ass and the mare; the hinny that of the horse and the she ass.
"offspring of a stallion and a she-ass," 1680s, from Latin hinnus, from Greek innos, ginnos, of unknown origin.
"to neigh," c.1400, of imitative origin.