hound's-tongue


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hound's-tongue

(houndz′tŭng′)
n.
Any of several Eurasian plants of the genus Cynoglossum, having hairy leaves, small reddish-purple flowers, and prickly clinging fruit.

[Middle English houndes-tongue, from Old English hundes-tunge (translation of Latin cynoglōssus, from Greek kunoglōssos) : hundes, genitive of hund, hound; see hound + tunge, tongue; see tongue.]

hound's-tongue

n
(Plants) any boraginaceous weedy plant of the genus Cynoglossum, esp the Eurasian C. officinale, which has small reddish-purple flowers and spiny fruits. Also called: dog's-tongue
[Old English hundestunge, translation of Latin cynoglōssos, from Greek kunoglōssos, from kuōn dog + glōssa tongue; referring to the shape of its leaves]

hound's′-tongue`



n.
a coarse, weedy plant, Cynoglossum officinale, of the borage family, with dull purplish red flowers, prickly nutlets, and hairy leaves shaped like a dog's tongue.
[before 1000]
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Noun1.hound's-tongue - perennial shrub of North America having coarse tongue-shaped leaves and pale-blue to purple flowershound's-tongue - perennial shrub of North America having coarse tongue-shaped leaves and pale-blue to purple flowers
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Cynoglossum, genus Cynoglossum - a large genus of tall rough herbs belonging to the family Boraginaceae
2.hound's-tongue - biennial shrub of Europe and western Asia having coarse tongue-shaped leaves and dark reddish-purple flowershound's-tongue - biennial shrub of Europe and western Asia having coarse tongue-shaped leaves and dark reddish-purple flowers
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Cynoglossum, genus Cynoglossum - a large genus of tall rough herbs belonging to the family Boraginaceae