coined by Jonathan Swift as the name of an imaginary animal of approximately human size mentioned in Gulliver's Travels (1726)
From: Volume III of the Author's Works
Containing Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
By Lemuel Gulliver, first a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships.
(By Jonathan Swift). 1738
A Voyage to Brobdingnag. Chapter II. P. 103