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, hoarhound (hōr-hownd),
Marrubium vulgare (family Labitae); bitter principle is marrubium, a volatile oil. A compound alleged to have expectorant properties and often found in cough drops and other patent medicines.
[O.E. hār, hoary, + hūne, herb]


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.
2. Any of several similar plants in the mint family, especially Ballota nigra.


n Latin name:
Marrubium vulgare; parts used: leaves, flowers; uses: diuretic, abortifacient, congestion, coughs, respiratory conditions, diarrhea, laxative; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; can cause arrythmias, nausea. Also called
common horehound, hoar-hound, hounsbane, marvel, or
white horehound.
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There is a black horehound (Ballota nigra), also a member of the Labiateae and very similar in appearance to the white, but with a most unpleasant smell.
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Denver bought horehound, licorice, peppermint and lemonade at a table managed by a little whitegirl in ladies' high- topped shoes.
The same flavors, plus the additional flavor of Slightly Bittersweet Horehound, are also available as herbal candies.
Horehound is a European native which occurs in high and avoided by stock due its bitter taste.
And the company's Herbal Expector-Aid Formula liquid gels promise to help support healthy lungs and bronchial passages with vitamin C, elderberry, fenugreek powder, horehound powder, anise, echinacea, menthol crystals and eucalyptus oil.
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Dread left a taste in my mouth like old-fashioned cough syrup flavored with horehound.