hoarhound [hawr-hound, hohr-] Examples noun
horehound or hoar·hound [hawr-hound, hohr-] noun
- 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 Examples from the Web for hoarhound Historical Examples of hoarhound
Hoarhound is very strengthening to the lungs, and is somewhat of a pectoral.
Sarah Josepha Hale
Same as Hoarhound, except make a liquor of Boneset instead of Hoarhound.
George V. Frye
Brother, you know he only called to get some of my hoarhound for Mehitable’s cough.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Yessum, dey had a doctor sometime, but de most dey done wuz give ’em hoarhound, yellow root and tansy.
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There’s catnip and hoarhound and horsemint and pennyroy’l, and pretty soon there’ll be wild life-everlastin’.
Eliza Calvert Hall
British Dictionary definitions for hoarhound hoarhound noun
- a variant spelling of horehound
horehound hoarhound noun
- 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 hoarhound in Medicine horehound [hôr′hound′] n.
- 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.