[ hoo-in-uh m, hwin-uh m, win- ]
/ huˈɪn əm, ˈʰwɪn əm, ˈwɪn- /


(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.

Origin of Houyhnhnm

1726; apparently echoic; cf. whinny
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1727, in "Gulliver's Travels," coined by Swift to suggest whinnying.

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