from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An aromatic Eurasian plant (Marrubium vulgare) in the mint family, having square stems, opposite leaves with white pubescence, and numerous white flowers in axillary cymes. The leaves yield a bitter extract used in flavoring and as a cough remedy.
- n. A candy or preparation flavored with this extract.
- n. Any of similar or related plants, such as the black horehound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A herb, Marrubium vulgare, of the mint family. Traditionally used to make a powerful cough remedy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant of the genus Marrubium (Marrubium vulgare), which has a bitter taste, and is a weak tonic, used as a household remedy for colds, coughing, etc.
- n. A lozenge or tablet, usually sweetened, containing extract of horehound, used as a remedy for a cough or a sore throat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See hoarhound.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various aromatic herbs of the genus Marrubium
- n. a candy that is flavored with an extract of the horehound plant
Middle English, alteration (influenced by hound, hound) of horhune, from Old English hārehūne : hār, hoary + hūne, a kind of plant.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English hārhūne. (Wiktionary)