hound's-tongue definition

  • noun:
    • any one of a number of Eurasian flowers of the genus Cynoglossum, having hairy leaves, tiny reddish-purple flowers, and prickly clinging fruit.
    • alternate type of hound's-tongue.
    • A biennial grass (Cynoglossum officinale), with soft tongue-shaped leaves, and an offensive smell. It holds nutlets covered with barbed or hooked prickles. Known as in addition dog's tongue.
    • A familiar and problematic grass, Cynoglossum officinale, a native of European countries and Russian Asia, the good news is naturalized in the united states. The large nutlets abide by the fleece of sheep. Also called dog's-tongue.
    • biennial shrub of European countries and western Asia having coarse tongue-shaped leaves and dark reddish-purple flowers
    • perennial shrub of the united states having coarse tongue-shaped leaves and pale-blue to purple flowers

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