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Meaning of HYSSOP

Pronunciation:  'hisup

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  bitter leaves used sparingly in salads; dried flowers used in soups and tisanes
  2. [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

HYSSOP is a 6 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: Hyssopus officinalis
 See Also: genus Hyssopus, herb, herb, herbaceous plant, hyssop, hyssop, Hyssopus, Hyssopus officinalis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

Easton 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).