Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name of several plants of the natural order Labiatæ. The common or white hoarhound, Marrubium vulgare. It grows in waste places and by way-sides, and is distribnted throughout Europe and northern Asia, and naturalized in North America. It is an erect branched herb, covered throughout with cottony white hairs; the flowers are small and almost white, crowded in the axils of the leaves; the smell is aromatic and the flavor bitter. It is much used as a remedy for coughs and throat-troubles.
- n. The black or stinking hoarhound, Ballota nigra, a common European weed in waste places near towns and villages. The flowers are purple, and the whole plant is fetid and unattractive.
- n. The water-hoarhound, one of various species of Lycopus, particularly L. Europæus, a native of Europe.
- n. Alternative form of horehound.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Same as horehound.
“The numerous branching, erect stems and the almost square, toothed, grayish-green leaves are covered with a down from which the common name hoarhound is derived.”
“The plant, commonly called hoarhound, is said to afford a certain cure.”
“I'm goin 'to fix her up some hoarhound an' elecampane quick 's the ground's nice an 'warm an' roots livens up a grain more.”
“It was a good little gate of white oak slats, built to last, like the old walk of limestone stepping-stones half buried in the sod, bordered with clumps of tansy and catnip and hoarhound, brightened by a great bunch of yellow chrysanthemums, so sheltered here on the southern slope that they were blooming still, like the artichokes that grew higher than her head by a porch corner.”
“The large loaves of bread were put in an unused bed in the place of bolsters; money, when there was any on hand, was rolled up in a strip of cotton which was tied as a string around a bunch of hoarhound that hung on a nail in the kitchen ceiling; the chickens were reared in a thicket some distance from the house, and, being fed there, seldom left it.”
“Put a tablespoonful of dried hoarhound leaves in a cup and pour over them half a cupful of boiling water, cover and let it steep until cold, strain and pour it over a pound of granulated sugar and a tablespoonful of vinegar.”
“Dey dosed 'em up wid oil and turpentine and give 'em teas made out of hoarhound for some mis'ries and bone-set for other troubles.”
“I don't know nothing about no herbs, they used for diseases; only boneset and hoarhound tea for colds and croup.”
“-- Put 1 quart hoarhound to 1 quart water, and boil it down to a pint; add two or three sticks of licorice and a tablespoonful of essence of lemon.”
“Take of hoarhound, 1 quart; water 1 quart; mix and boil down to a pint; then add two or three sticks of liquorice and a tablespoonful of essence of lemon; dose, a tablespoonful three times a day, or as often as the cough is troublesome.”
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