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noun hys·sop \ˈhi-səp\

Definition of HYSSOP

:  a plant used in purificatory sprinkling rites by the ancient Hebrews
:  a European mint (Hyssopus officinalis) that has highly aromatic and pungent leaves and is sometimes used as a potherb

Origin of HYSSOP

Middle English ysop, from Old English ysope, from Latin hyssopus, from Greek hyssōpos, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew ēzōbh hyssop
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil
Medical Dictionary


noun hys·sop \ˈhis-əp\

Medical Definition of HYSSOP

:  a European mint (Hyssopus officinalis) having highly aromatic and pungent leaves that have been used to make a tea and as a stimulant and to relieve respiratory symptoms
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