hoarhound [hawr-hound, hohr-] Examples noun

  1. horehound.

horehound or hoar·hound [hawr-hound, hohr-] noun

  1. 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.
  2. any of various plants of the mint family.
  3. 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 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.

    Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1

    Work Projects Administration

  • 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

  • British Dictionary definitions for hoarhound hoarhound noun

    1. a variant spelling of horehound

    horehound hoarhound noun

    1. 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
    2. water horehound another name for bugleweed (def. 1)

    Word Origin for horehound Old English hārhūne, from hār grey + hūne horehound, of obscure origin hoarhound in Medicine horehound [hôr′hound′] n.

    1. An aromatic Eurasian plant whose leaves yield a bitter extract that is used as a cough remedy.
    2. A candy or preparation flavored with this extract.

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