horehound

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noun hore·hound \ˈhȯr-ˌhau̇nd\

Definition of horehound

  1. 1a :  an Old World bitter perennial mint (Marrubium vulgare) with downy leavesb :  an extract or confection made from the dried leaves and flowering tops of this plant

  2. 2 :  any of several mints resembling the horehound

Origin and Etymology of horehound

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


Medical Dictionary

horehound

noun hore·hound
variants: also

hoarhound

\ˈhō(ə)r-ˌhau̇nd, ˈhȯ(ə)r-\play

Medical Definition of horehound

  1. 1:  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

  2. 2:  an extract or confection made from horehound and used as a remedy for coughs and colds


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