from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The popular name of several plants of the natural order Labiatæ.
- noun 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.
- noun The water-hoarhound, one of various species of Lycopus, particularly L. Europæus, a native of Europe.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.