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or hoarhound

[hawr-hound, hohr-] /ˈhɔrˌhaʊnd, ˈhoʊr-/
an Old World plant, Marrubium vulgare, of the mint family, having downy leaves and small, whitish flowers, and containing a bitter, medicinal juice that is used as an expectorant, vermifuge, and laxative.
any of various plants of the mint family.
a brittle candy or lozenge flavored with horehound extract.
Origin of horehound
before 1000; Middle English horehune, Old English hārhūne, equivalent to hār gray, hoar + hūne horehound Unabridged
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Also called white horehound. a downy perennial herbaceous Old World plant, Marrubium vulgare, with small white flowers that contain a bitter juice formerly used as a cough medicine and flavouring: family Lamiaceae (labiates) See also black horehound
water horehound, another name for bugleweed (sense 1)
Word Origin
Old English hārhūne, from hār grey + hūne horehound, of obscure origin
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horehound hore·hound (hôr'hound')

  1. An aromatic Eurasian plant whose leaves of which yield a bitter extract that is used as a cough remedy.

  2. A candy or preparation flavored with this extract.

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