Definition of hyssop in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɪsəp/


1A small bushy aromatic plant of the mint family, the bitter minty leaves of which are used in cooking and herbal medicine.
  • Hyssopus officinalis, family Labiatae.
Example sentences
  • Herbs you can use in the bath are bay leaf, chamomile, hyssop, lemon balm and lime flowers.
  • Sweet Annie, anise hyssop, and feverfew make good fillers.
  • They come for the butterfly weed, lilacs, echinacea and anise hyssop, and especially for the white, lavender and pink butterfly bushes.
2(In biblical use) a wild shrub of uncertain identity whose twigs were used for sprinkling in ancient Jewish rites of purification.
Example sentences
  • The hyssop is a lowly shrub; and God must stoop low to smell the incense of Calvary.
  • The cedar tree is the highest of all the trees, and the hyssop is the lowest.
  • Cleanse my hidden mind with the hyssop of your grace, for I draw near to the Holy of Holies of your mysteries.


Old English hysope (reinforced in Middle English by Old French ysope), via Latin from Greek hyssōpos, of Semitic origin.

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