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
Recent Examples of hyssop from the Web
Quality nurseries offer special sections filled with hummingbird favorites such as honeysuckle, salvia, hyssop, hardy fuchsia, evergreen Penstemon, bee balm and many others.
Herbs such as basil, bee balm, hyssop (anise), mints, sage, and thyme are examples of bee favorites.
The room smells like lemon verbena, peppermint, tarragon, anise hyssop, and tulsi.
Wild senna adds nitrogen to the soil and attracts beneficial insects, comfrey brings up nutrients from deep soil and is medicinal for burns, and anise hyssop can be used for tea.
Suddenly, everyone seems to be growing hyssop, lemon verbena, elder and cumin.
In a saucepan, stir together 4 cups of water, the vinegars, mustard seeds, hyssop powder, fennel and cumin seeds, 6 sprigs of dill, and the cilantro.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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