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n. pl. hin·nies
The sterile hybrid offspring of a male horse and a female donkey.
[Alteration of Latin hinnus, from Greek ginnos, innos.]
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n, pl -nies
(Animals) the sterile hybrid offspring of a male horse and a female donkey or ass. Compare mule11
[C17: from Latin hinnus, from Greek hinnos]
vb, -nies, -nying or -nied
a less common word for whinny
dialect Scot and Northern English a term of endearment, esp for a woman or child
[variant of honey]
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n., pl. -nies.
the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey. Compare mule 1 (def. 1).
[1680–90; obsolete hinne < Latin hinnus]
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Past participle: hinnied
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A cross between a male horse and a female donkey.
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|Noun||1.||hinny - hybrid offspring of a male horse and a female donkey or ass; usually sterile; "a hinny has a gentler disposition than a mule"|
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