1. [syn: hyssop, Hyssopus officinalis]
2. bitter leaves used sparingly in salads; dried flowers used in soups and tisanes;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Hyssop \Hys"sop\, n. [OE. hysope, ysope, OF. ysope, F. hysope,
hyssope, L. hysopum, hyssopum, hyssopus, Gr. ?, ?, an
aromatic plant, fr. Heb. [=e]sov.]
A plant (Hyssopus officinalis). The leaves have an aromatic
smell, and a warm, pungent taste.
Note: The hyssop of Scripture is supposed to be a species of
caper (Capparis spinosa), but probably the name was
used for several different plants.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: 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 [syn: hyssop,
2: bitter leaves used sparingly in salads; dried flowers used in
soups and tisanes
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
(Heb. 'ezob; LXX. hyssopos), first mentioned in Ex. 12:22 in
connection with the institution of the Passover. We find it
afterwards mentioned in Lev. 14:4, 6, 52; Num. 19:6, 18; Heb.
9:19. It is spoken of as a plant "springing out of the wall" (1
Kings 4:33). Many conjectures have been formed as to what this
plant really was. Some contend that it was a species of marjoram
(origanum), six species of which are found in Palestine. Others
with more probability think that it was the caper plant, the
Capparis spinosa of Linnaeus. This plant grew in Egypt, in the
desert of Sinai, and in Palestine. It was capable of producing a
stem three or four feet in length (Matt. 27:48; Mark 15:36.
Comp. John 19:29).