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horehound or hoarhound. The hore or hoar is considered to be derived from the pubescence,reference 1 but as for the hound part, though there are also sources that take this as a reference to Horus, since the Egyptians were apparently fond of this herb.reference 2 As for the hound part of the name, the American Heritage Dictionary offers the speculation that it is derived from hūne, “a kind of plant.” What kind of plant, they do not say.reference 3

 

1. The Oxford English Dictionary Online. 2005. 3d ed. Accessed May 31 2006 from http://dictionary.oed.com.

2. Eldridge, Sherry. 2000. Heard of Horehound? Suite 101.com. Accessed May 31 2006 from http:// www.suite101.com/ article.cfm /herbalism/ 41454/1.

3. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth. 2000. Accessed May 31 2006 from http:// www.bartleby.com/ 61/.

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