(whinhims). A race of horses endowed with reason, who bear rule
over a race of men. Gulliver, in his Travels, tells us what he
“saw” among them. (
Nay, would kind Jove my organ so dispose To hymn harmonious Houyhnhnms through the nose, I'd call thee Houhnhnm, that high-sounding name; Thy children's noses all should twang the same.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894