Definition of Horehound

1. Noun. Any of various aromatic herbs of the genus Marrubium.

Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Marrubium, Marrubium
Specialized synonyms: Common Horehound, Marrubium Vulgare, White Horehound

2. Noun. A candy that is flavored with an extract of the horehound plant.
Generic synonyms: Candy, Confect

Definition of Horehound

1. n. A plant of the genus Marrubium (M. vulgare), which has a bitter taste, and is a weak tonic, used as a household remedy for colds, coughing, etc.

Definition of Horehound

1. Noun. A herb, ''Marrubium vulgare'', of the mint family. Traditionally used to make a powerful cough remedy. ¹

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Definition of Horehound

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Medical Definition of Horehound

1. A plant of the genus Marrubium (M. Vulgare), which has a bitter taste, and is a weak tonic, used as a household remedy for colds, coughing, etc. Alternative forms: hoarhound] Fetid horehound, or Black horehound, a disagreeable plant resembling horehound (Ballota nigra). Water horehound, a species of the genus Lycopus, resembling mint, but not aromatic. Origin: OE. Horehune, AS. Harhune; har hoar, gray + hune horehound; cf. L. Cunila a species of organum, GR, Skr. Kny to smell. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Horehound

hordeivirus group
hordeolum externum
hordeolum internum
hordeolum meibomianum
horehound (current term)
horizontal atrophy
horizontal bar
horizontal bars
horizontal beam film

Literary usage of Horehound

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1. Histology of Medicinal Plants by William Mansfield (1916)
"The diagnostic elements of the USP horehound are the long, twisted, multicellular hairs (4), the glandular hairs (7), and the pollen grains (io). ..."

2. The Boston Cooking-school Cook Book by Fannie Merritt Farmer (1896)
"horehound Candy. 34 square inch pressed 2 cups boiling water. horehound. ... Pour boiling water over horehound which has been separated in pieces; ..."

3. Myths and Legends of Flowers, Trees, Fruits, and Plants in All Ages and in by Charles Montgomery Skinner (1911)
"horehound horehound candy was popular in our fathers' day, because it was "good for the ... In Egypt horehound was likewise bull's blood and eye-of-a-star. ..."

4. Hand-book of Chemistry by Leopold Gmelin, Henry Watts (1860)
"With fuming nitric acid, it becomes dark brown, then colourless and tenacious. 95. Oil of Water horehound. In the fresh herb of water horehound, ..."

5. A Treatise on the Art of Boiling Sugar, Crystallizing, Lozenge-making by Henry Weatherley (1865)
"horehound or Montpellier Drops. Exactly as the last, except flavor, with half a pint of strong decoction of horehound put to the sugar with the ..."

6. Five Years' Residence in the Canadas: Including a Tour Through Part of the by Edward Allen Talbot (1824)
"The ALUM ROOT and CROW'S-FOOT are said to constitute a very powerful astringent, and to be salutary medicines in cases of dysentery. The WILD horehound is ..."

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