hore·​hound ˈhȯr-ˌhau̇nd How to pronounce horehound (audio)
: an Old World bitter perennial mint (Marrubium vulgare) with downy leaves
: an extract or confection made from the dried leaves and flowering tops of this plant
: any of several mints resembling the horehound

Examples of horehound in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle English horhoune, from Old English hārhūne, from hār hoary + hūne horehound — more at hoar

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of horehound was before the 12th century

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“Horehound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horehound. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants also hoarhound
: a European aromatic mint (Marrubium vulgare) that is naturalized in the United States, has pubescent leaves and small axillary flowers, has a very bitter taste, and is used as a tonic and anthelmintic

called also white horehound

: an extract or confection made from horehound and used as a remedy for coughs and colds

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