hyssop

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noun hys·sop \ˈhi-səp\

Definition of hyssop

  1. 1 :  a plant used in purificatory sprinkling rites by the ancient Hebrews

  2. 2 :  a European mint (Hyssopus officinalis) that has highly aromatic and pungent leaves and is sometimes used as a potherb

Origin and Etymology 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

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hyssop

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noun hys·sop \ˈhis-əp\

Medical Definition of hyssop

  1. :  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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