- 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
Examples from the Web for hoarhound
Historical Examples of hoarhound
Hoarhound is very strengthening to the lungs, and is somewhat of a pectoral.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million
Sarah Josepha Hale
Same as Hoarhound, except make a liquor of Boneset instead of Hoarhound.Frye's Practical Candy Maker
George V. Frye
Brother, you know he only called to get some of my hoarhound for Mehitable's cough.The Pearl of Orr's Island
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Yessum, dey had a doctor sometime, but de most dey done wuz give 'em hoarhound, yellow root and tansy.
There's catnip and hoarhound and horsemint and pennyroy'l, and pretty soon there'll be wild life-everlastin'.The Land of Long Ago
Eliza Calvert Hall
- a variant spelling of horehound
Word Origin for horehound
- An aromatic Eurasian plant whose leaves yield a bitter extract that is used as a cough remedy.
- A candy or preparation flavored with this extract.