houyhnhnm definition

  • noun:
    • the competition of horses explained by Swift in the imaginary journeys of Lemuel Gulliver. The Houyhnhnms had been endowed with explanation and noble qualities; at the mercy of them had been Yahoos, a race of brutes obtaining the kind and all sorts of the worst vices of men.
    • One of the beings explained by Swift in “Gulliver's journeys” as horses endowed with reason and extraordinary virtues, just who bear rule within the Yahoos or man-like beings, a vicious, disgusting competition.
    • among a race of intelligent horses which ruled the Yahoos in a novel by Jonathan Swift

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