- a fragrant herb (Hyssopus officinalis) of the mint family, usually with blue flowers, having leaves used in folk medicine as a tonic, stimulant, etc.
- its flower
- any of several American plants of various families
- Bible a plant whose twigs were used for sprinkling in certain ancient Jewish rites
Origin of hyssopMiddle English isope from Old English and Old French ysope from Classical Latin hyssopus from Classical Greek hyss?pos, hyss?pon from Classical Hebrew (language) ?z?bh
- A woody Eurasian plant (Hyssopus officinalis) in the mint family, having spikes of small blue or violet flowers and aromatic leaves used in perfumery, as a condiment, and formerly in medicine.
- Any of several similar or related plants, such as some species in the genus Agastache.
- An unidentified plant mentioned in the Bible as the source of twigs used for sprinkling in certain Hebraic purification rites.
Origin of hyssopMiddle English ysope from Old English ésōpe from Latin hésōpum, hyssōpus from Greek hussōpos probably of Semitic origin Aramaic 'ezobā