- 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 horehound
Historical Examples of horehound
If you do not wish it to be very strong of horehound don't use quite so much.Candy-Making at Home
Mary M. Wright
The sede is blak and groweth about the stalk, certayn places goyng betwene, as we se in horehound.Herbals, Their Origin and Evolution
One very remarkable minor feature was the appearance of couch-grass and horehound, which had sprung up around the stockyards.The Australian Explorers
It proved to be a kind of essence of horehound, of notable tartness and pungency, very like a powerful cough syrup.Plum Pudding
To protect one's self against the allurements of these accursed fairies, a bit of horehound or marjoram is sufficient.Myths of the Rhine
X. B. Saintine
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.