Hou·​yhn·​hnm ˈhwi-nəm How to pronounce Houyhnhnm (audio) hü-ˈi-nəm How to pronounce Houyhnhnm (audio)
: a member of a race of horses endowed with reason in Swift's Gulliver's Travels

Word History

First Known Use

1726, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Houyhnhnm was in 1726

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“Houyhnhnm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Houyhnhnm. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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