from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several Eurasian plants of the genus Cynoglossum, having hairy leaves, small reddish-purple flowers, and prickly clinging fruit.
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- n. Alternative form of hound's tongue.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A biennial weed (Cynoglossum officinale), with soft tongue-shaped leaves, and an offensive odor. It bears nutlets covered with barbed or hooked prickles. Called also dog's-tongue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A familiar and troublesome weed, Cynoglossum officinale, a native of Europe and Russian Asia, but now naturalized in North America. The large nutlets adhere to the fleece of sheep. Also called dog's-tongue.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. biennial shrub of Europe and western Asia having coarse tongue-shaped leaves and dark reddish-purple flowers
- n. perennial shrub of North America having coarse tongue-shaped leaves and pale-blue to purple flowers
I've dressed his bite with a lotion of hound's-tongue, and anointed a few other cuts and grazes he has.
At last I felt the hard coquina under foot; the cool blue shadow of the hills enveloped me; I slipped off my pack, dumped it beside a little rill of crystal water which ran sparkling from the hills, and sat down on a soft and fragrant carpet of hound's-tongue.
For example, in hound's-tongue and goose-grass, two of the best-known instances among our common English weeds, each little nut is covered with many small hooks, which make it catch on firmly by several points of attachment to passing animals.
(_Myosotis_) and a few pretty wild flowers, _e. g._ the orange-flowered puccoons (_Lithospermum_); but it also embraces a number of the most troublesome weeds, among which are the hound's-tongue (_Cynoglossum_) (Fig. 119, _A_), and the "beggar's-ticks" (_Echinospermum_), whose prickly fruits (Fig. 119, _C_) become detached on the slightest provocation, and adhere to whatever they touch with great tenacity.