Definition of Houyhnhnm noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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a member of the race of kind and intelligent horses that Gulliver meets in Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. They are completely different to the Yahoos, who work for them. The Yahoos look like men but are stupid and cruel. Gulliver later returns to his own land and finds that he now dislikes men, having learned a lot from the Houyhnhnms. (Their name is intended to sound like the sound a horse makes.)