Houyhnhnm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Houyhnhnm one of a race of intelligent horses who ruled the Yahoos in a novel by Jonathan Swift
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Houyhnhnm One of the race of horses described by Swift in his imaginary travels of Lemuel Gulliver. The Houyhnhnms were endowed with reason and noble qualities; subject to them were Yahoos, a race of brutes having the form and all the worst vices of men.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n houyhnhnm One of the beings described by Swift in “Gulliver's Travels” as horses endowed with reason and extraordinary virtues, who bear rule over the Yahoos or man-like beings, a vicious, disgusting race.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Houyhnhnm whin′im one of the noble rational horse race in Gulliver's Travels.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From whinny.

Usage

In literature:

The author meets two Houyhnhnms.
"Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift
For this refuge he was making, and from this our mutinous Houyhnhnms meant to keep us.
"Henry Brocken" by Walter J. de la Mare
Have you read again, since the War, Gulliver's "Voyage to the Houyhnhnms," or Herman Melville's "Moby Dick"?
"Plum Pudding" by Christopher Morley
Do you know, Maury, it's little wonder that Gulliver found the Houyhnhnms so detesting war?
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Have you read lately again his Voyage to the Houyhnhnms?
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
And then Miss Gittens came bumping by on the grey, and, before I could interfere, my Houyhnhnm was off like a shot in pursuit.
"The Talking Horse" by F. Anstey
This being translated, meant Jodhpur, which is the city of the Houyhnhnms.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the land of the Houyhnhnms, 131.
"Comfort Found in Good Old Books" by George Hamlin Fitch
A Voyage to the Houyhnhnms.
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 3 of 3)" by Various
Swift's Houyhnhnms would not be so called.
"A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive" by John Stuart Mill
The Houyhnhnm in the cellar protested that he was, too.
"The Storm Centre" by Charles Egbert Craddock
Have you read lately again his Voyage to the Houyhnhnms?
"Modern Essays" by John Macy
The voyage to the Houyhnhnms, which forms the best part, is more powerful, but more painful and repulsive.
"Swift" by Leslie Stephen
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