Definition of horehound in English:


(also hoarhound)


  • 1A strong-smelling hairy plant of the mint family, with a tradition of use in medicine.

    • ‘One of my favorites is horehound, a robust plant that is nearly indestructible and produces clusters of small white flowers that draw tiny flies like magnets.’
    • ‘Other herbs that might be used in tea or syrup to treat cough include horehound, sage and thyme.’
    • ‘The invasion of weeds such as horehound and stemless thistles is a continuing management problem.’
    • ‘The herb garden shows off plants used in cooking, including several varieties of oregano, sage, and thyme to garlics and horehounds.’
    • ‘Marsh fern, water horehound, spotted touch-me-not, great water dock, and lake sedge live on the soupy mudflats.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The bitter aromatic juice of white horehound, used especially in the treatment of coughs and colds.
      • ‘Overtly medicinal ingredients, such as horehound, wintergreen, and liquorice, turned the confections into cough drops.’
      • ‘She recommends the use of psyllium for constipation, aloe for jaundice and horehound for cough.’
      • ‘Having tasted a decoction of horehound prepared by an herbalist friend, I find myself wondering if the Navajo name actually doesn't describe the look and color of the face of the herbalist's patient!’
      • ‘The old standby is hard candy made with horehound, but these herbal drops can be hard to find these days.’
      • ‘Ancient Egyptians, Ayurvedic practitioners and Native American healers used horehound, another highly regarded herbal expectorant, as a cough remedy.’


Old English hāre hūne, from hār (see hoar) + hūne, the name of the white horehound, also applied to related plants.