- 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 amp; 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 &ymacron;s&omacron;pe, from Latin h&ymacron;s&omacron;pum, hyss&omacron;pus, from Greek huss&omacron;pos, probably of Semitic origin; akin to Aramaic ’ezoba.