Definitions for hyssopˈhɪs əp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hys•sopˈhɪs əp(n.)

  1. an aromatic mint, Hyssopus officinalis, native to Europe, having clusters of small blue flowers.

    Category: Plants

  2. any of various related or similar plants.

    Category: Plants

  3. an unidentified Biblical plant whose twigs were used in ceremonial sprinkling.

    Category: Bible

Origin of hyssop:

bef. 900; ME, OE ysope < LL ysōpus, for L hyssōpus < Gk hýssōpos < Semitic (cf. Heb ēzōbh)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hyssop, Hyssopus officinalis(noun)

    a European mint with aromatic and pungent leaves used in perfumery and as a seasoning in cookery; often cultivated as a remedy for bruises; yields hyssop oil

  2. hyssop(noun)

    bitter leaves used sparingly in salads; dried flowers used in soups and tisanes


  1. hyssop(Noun)

    Any of several aromatic bushy herbs, of the genus Hyssopus, native to Southern Europe and once used medicinally

  2. hyssop(Noun)

    Any of several similar plants

  3. hyssop(Noun)

    The sage brush

  4. Origin: From ὕσσωπος, of origin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hyssop(noun)

    a plant (Hyssopus officinalis). The leaves have an aromatic smell, and a warm, pungent taste


  1. Hyssopus

    Hyssopus is a genus of about 10–12 species of herbaceous or semi-woody plants in the family Lamiaceae, native from the east Mediterranean to central Asia. They are aromatic, with erect branched stems up to 60 cm long covered with fine hairs at the tips. The leaves are narrow oblong, 2–5 cm long. The small blue flowers are borne on the upper part of the branches during summer. By far the best-known species is the Herb Hyssop, widely cultivated outside its native area in the Mediterranean. Note that anise hyssop, Agastache foeniculum, is a very different plant and not a close relation, although both are in the mint family. Anise hyssop is native to much of north-central and northern North America.


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