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a. An aromatic plant (Marrubium vulgare) in the mint family having leaves with white pubescence and numerous white flowers in axillary cymes, native to Eurasia. The leaves yield a bitter extract used in flavoring and as a cough remedy.
b. A candy or preparation flavored with this extract.
2. Any of several similar plants in the mint family, especially Ballota nigra.

[Middle English, alteration (influenced by hound, hound) of horhune, from Old English hārehūne : hār, hoary + hūne, a kind of plant.]
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(ˈhɔːˌhaʊnd) or


1. (Plants) Also called: white horehound a downy perennial herbaceous Old World plant, Marrubium vulgare, with small white flowers that contain a bitter juice formerly used as a cough medicine and flavouring: family Lamiaceae (labiates). See also black horehound
2. (Plants) water horehound another name for bugleweed1
[Old English hārhūne, from hār grey + hūne horehound, of obscure origin]
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(ˈhɔrˌhaʊnd, ˈhoʊr-)

1. an Old World plant, Marrubium vulgare, of the mint family, having downy leaves and containing a bitter juice used as an expectorant.
2. any of various plants of the mint family.
3. a lozenge flavored with horehound extract.
[before 1000; Middle English horehune, Old English hārhūne=hār gray, hoar + hūne horehound]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.horehound - any of various aromatic herbs of the genus Marrubiumhorehound - any of various aromatic herbs of the genus Marrubium
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Marrubium, Marrubium - Old World aromatic herbs: horehound
common horehound, Marrubium vulgare, white horehound - European aromatic herb with hairy leaves and numerous white flowers in axillary cymes; leaves yield a bitter extract use medicinally and as flavoring
2.horehound - a candy that is flavored with an extract of the horehound plant
candy, confect - a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts
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