(Lemuel). The hero of the famous Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, by Lemuel Gulliver, first a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships, i.e. to Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the Houyhnhnms (Whin-nims), written by Dr. Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's, Ireland.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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