hound's-tongue

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hound's-tongue biennial shrub of Europe and western Asia having coarse tongue-shaped leaves and dark reddish-purple flowers
    • n hound's-tongue perennial shrub of North America having coarse tongue-shaped leaves and pale-blue to purple flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hound's-tongue (Bot) 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hound's-tongue a plant, so called from the shape of its leaves
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hundes tunge,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hund; Gr. kyōn, kynos, L. canis, Sans. çvan.

Usage

In literature:

The hounds were giving fierce tongue in the forest on their left and their nearness sent Nathaniel's hand to his pistol.
"The Courage of Captain Plum" by James Oliver Curwood
Soon as hearing, he recognises the tongue of a stag-hound, knowing it to be Clancy's.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
The wind was north-west, or the kangaroo-hound would surely have scented Finn's approach and given tongue.
"Finn The Wolfhound" by A. J. Dawson
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In poetry:

Eh, t' pots 'at yo've broken, lad, tongue cannot tell,
But yo're reet sort o' stuff, lad, we know it fu' well:
Yo'll stand up wi' t' best on 'em, ay, I'se be bound,
An' time's come for partin', lad! — mak' a good hound!
"Parting: The Eve Of The Puppy Show" by Cicely Fox Smith