Etymology
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hyssop (n.)

Old English ysope, from Irish Latin hysopus (Medieval Latin ysopus), from Greek hyssopos, a plant of Palestine, used in Jewish purification rites, from Hebrew 'ezobh (compare Syriac zupha, Arabic zufa). Since Old English the word has been used both of a small, bushy, aromatic herb native to southern Europe and the Biblical hyssop, a different plant, used in purification rituals, variously identified.

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Definitions of hyssop

hyssop (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;
Synonyms: Hyssopus officinalis
hyssop (n.)
bitter leaves used sparingly in salads; dried flowers used in soups and tisanes;
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