hore·​hound | \ ˈhȯr-ˌhau̇nd How to pronounce horehound (audio) \

Definition of horehound

1a : an Old World bitter perennial mint (Marrubium vulgare) with downy leaves
b : an extract or confection made from the dried leaves and flowering tops of this plant
2 : any of several mints resembling the horehound

Examples of horehound in a Sentence

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First Known Use of horehound

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

History and Etymology for horehound

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

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“Horehound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horehound. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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variants: also hoarhound \ ˈhō(ə)r-​ˌhau̇nd, ˈhȯ(ə)r-​ How to pronounce hoarhound (audio) \

Medical Definition of horehound

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

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