from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woody Eurasian plant (Hyssopus officinalis) having spikes of small blue flowers and aromatic leaves used in perfumery and as a condiment.
- n. Any of several similar or related plants.
- n. An unidentified plant mentioned in the Bible as the source of twigs used for sprinkling in certain Hebraic purificatory rites.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several aromatic bushy herbs, of the genus Hyssopus, native to Southern Europe and once used medicinally
- n. Any of several similar plants
- n. The sage brush
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant (Hyssopus officinalis). The leaves have an aromatic smell, and a warm, pungent taste.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small bushy herb of the genus Hyssopus, natural order Labiateæ.
- n. In Scripture, a plant the twigs of which were used for sprinkling in the ceremony of purification.
- n. Eccles., same as aspersorium, See quotation from Preseott under aspersion, 1.
- n. In the western United States. sage-brush, Artemisia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. bitter leaves used sparingly in salads; dried flowers used in soups and tisanes
- n. a European mint with aromatic and pungent leaves used in perfumery and as a seasoning in cookery; often cultivated as a remedy for bruises; yields hyssop oil
Middle English ysope, from Old English ȳsōpe, from Latin hȳsōpum, hyssōpus, from Greek hussōpos, probably of Semitic origin; akin to Aramaic 'ezobā.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ὕσσωπος (hussopos), of Semitic origin. (Wiktionary)