or hoar·hound

[hawr-hound, hohr-]


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
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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.

  • One very remarkable minor feature was the appearance of couch-grass and horehound, which had sprung up around the stockyards.

  • It proved to be a kind of essence of horehound, of notable tartness and pungency, very like a powerful cough syrup.

    Plum Pudding

    Christopher Morley

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for horehound




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 (def. 1)

Word Origin for horehound

Old English hārhūne, from hār grey + hūne horehound, of obscure origin
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Medicine definitions 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.
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