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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "This Olympic Swimmer’s Garden Has Everything but a Pool," 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, "Your Ultimate Spring Gardening To-Do List for March and April," 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, "These are Portland’s 10 best beers, ranked," 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, "I’ve visited 40 Portland breweries so far in 2019; here is my favorite beer from each," 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, "I’ve visited 40 Portland breweries so far in 2019; here is my favorite beer from each," 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, "With 30 stops so far on Portland Breweries Series, here are the next 10 best beers," 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, "Summer blooms that can take the heat," 18 July 2019 When rainy season arrives, many grasslands become coated with wildflowers such as yarrow, hyssop, and milkweed. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Grasslands, explained," 22 June 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 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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