hyssop

noun
hys·​sop | \ ˈhi-səp How to pronounce hyssop (audio) \

Definition of hyssop

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

Examples of hyssop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then, tuck in a few sprigs of mint to create flow and movement, and accent with a couple of flowering hyssop tips. Aimee Farrell, New York Times, 22 Oct. 2020 Many of the colorful cut flowers and fragrant herbs found throughout the garden have a dual purpose, including the anise hyssop and flowering oregano seen here. Mike Irvine, Sunset Magazine, 19 Aug. 2020 Evening primrose, coyote thistle, and hummingbird mint (hyssop) are drought-resistant and loved by bees and butterflies. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 16 Mar. 2020 Brewer Alex Ganum creates flavor in this hopless beer by combining spelt, lemongrass, Sichuan peppercorns, hyssop and orange peel and ages it in wine and gin casks. oregonlive, 18 Dec. 2019 Upright puts its deft touch on this hopless beer, which is made with lemongrass, Sichuan peppercorns, hyssop and orange peel then blended after aging in numerous barrels. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, 22 Nov. 2019 Upright puts its deft touch on this hopless beer, which is made with lemongrass, Sichuan peppercorns, hyssop and orange peel then blended after aging in numerous barrels. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, 22 Nov. 2019 Upright puts its deft touch on this hopless beer, which is made with lemongrass, Sichuan peppercorns, hyssop and orange peel then blended after aging in numerous barrels. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, 26 Sep. 2019 Ross recommends the following plants for San Diego gardens: Agastache (hummingbird mint, hyssop): These are showy, fragrant, long-blooming perennials that are highly attractive to hummingbirds as well as bees. Karen Dardick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of hyssop

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hyssop

Middle English ysop, from Old English ysope, from Latin hyssopus, from Greek hyssōpos, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew ēzōbh hyssop

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“Hyssop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyssop. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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hyssop

noun
hys·​sop | \ ˈhis-əp How to pronounce hyssop (audio) \

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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