Apparently a form of Ent that had lapsed into an almost complete tree-like existence. Though they would rarely move of their own accord, and then only slowly, they could be roused by the more active Ents, with whom they could also communicate. The Huorns played a great part in the defeat of Saruman during the War of the Ring.
The -orn element of the word 'huorn' must surely mean 'tree', but hu- is more mysterious. It seems to be connected with the Huorns' power of communication, as Pippin says 'They still have voices, and can speak with the Ents - that is why they are called Huorns...' (The Two Towers III 9, Flotsam and Jetsam). Two Elvish root-words that might possibly be connected here are hûr ('active') and hû ('dog'), but neither of these seem to sit easily with Pippin's words above.
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