- (in Swift's Gulliver's Travels) one of a race of horses endowed with reason, who rule the Yahoos, a race of degraded, brutish creatures having human form.
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Imagine yourself reading a number of the Houyhnhnm Gazette, giving an account of such an experiment.The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Houyhnhnm, whin′im, n. one of the noble rational horse race in Gulliver's Travels.
The Houyhnhnm's legs are very well; the horse slipped on his side and not on his knees, and has received no sort of injury.The Newcomes
William Makepeace Thackeray
No end to the wild pranks, the Houyhnhnm horse-play they had with drunken Gundling.
Amid the inextinguishable horse-laughter (sincere but vacant) of the Houyhnhnm Olympus.
1727, in "Gulliver's Travels," coined by Swift to suggest whinnying.