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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.]


(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]


(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]
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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Both horehounds are common in Cyprus and may be seen growing on wasteland in the late spring.
In the 16th century Culpeper used horehound to repel the placenta and as an antidote to '..ye vile and venomous serpents'.
The herb garden shows off plants used in cooking, including several varieties of oregano, sage, and thyme to garlics and horehounds.