- a bitter herb (Marrubium vulgare) of the mint family, with white, downy leaves
- a bitter juice extracted from its leaves, stems, or flowers and used in medicines and confections
- cough medicine or candy made with this juice
- any of various other mints
Origin of horehoundMiddle English horehune ; from Old English harhune ; from har, white, hoar + hune, horehound
- 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.
- Any of several similar plants in the mint family, especially Ballota nigra.
Origin of horehoundMiddle English, alteration (influenced by hound, hound) of horhune, from Old English hārehūne : hār, hoary + hūne, a kind of plant.
From Old English hārhūne .