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(huˈɪn əm, ˈʰwɪn əm, ˈwɪn-)

(in Swift's Gulliver's Travels) one of a race of horses endowed with reason.
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Noun1.Houyhnhnm - one of a race of intelligent horses who ruled the Yahoos in a novel by Jonathan Swift
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Hyde shrank back with a hissing intake of the breath.
I heard a sharp intake of his breath and the cigar fell from his fingers.
Bitte, bitte," said Cacilie, with a rapid intake of the breath.
He drew in his breath with a shrill, excited intake.
I put my nose to the intake pipe through which samples were to have been taken during the passage of the prospector through the earth, and my fondest hopes were realized--a flood of fresh air was pouring into the iron cabin.
The trail led straight to a small dam where was the intake for the pipe that watered the vegetable garden.
Her face was turned away from him, but he could see, by the sharp intake of her breath, that she was weeping bitterly.
Without movement he lay on his back, and he could hear, slowly drawing near and nearer, the wheezing intake and output of the sick wolf's breath.
cried Father Brown, stepping back with a hissing intake of his breath.
He lighted the cigarette and drew its smoke into his lungs with a caressing intake of the breath.
I am so tired," she said, with a quick intake of the breath and a sigh, drooping her head wearily.
Nor was it long, catching their spirit, ere she was singing to them and teaching them quaint songs of early days which she had herself learned as a little girl from Cady--Cady, the saloonkeeper, pioneer, and ax-cavalryman, who had been a bull-whacker on the Salt Intake Trail in the days before the railroad.