• WordNet 3.6
    • n hyssop bitter leaves used sparingly in salads; dried flowers used in soups and tisanes
    • n hyssop 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hyssop A plant (Hyssopus officinalis). The leaves have an aromatic smell, and a warm, pungent taste.☞ The hyssop of Scripture is supposed to be a species of caper (Capparis spinosa), but probably the name was used for several different plants.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hyssop A small bushy herb of the genus Hyssopus, natural order Labiateæ. H. officinalis, common in gardens, is aromatic and stimulating, and was formerly used as an expectorant. Decoctions of the leaves are used externally in bruises and indolent swellings. See Hyssopus.
    • n hyssop In Scripture, a plant the twigs of which were used for sprinkling in the ceremony of purification. It is supposed by some to have been the caper-bush, Capparis spinosa, and by others a plant or several plants growing in Palestine and allied with the European hyssop.
    • n hyssop Eccles., same as aspersorium, See quotation from Preseott under aspersion, 1.
    • n hyssop In the western United States. sage-brush, Artemisia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hyssop his′up an aromatic plant.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hysope, ysope, OF. ysope, F. hysope, hyssope, L. hysopum, hyssopum, hyssopus, Gr. , , an aromatic plant, fr. Heb. ēsov,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. hyssopum—Gr. hyssōpos—Heb. ēzōph.


In literature:

You wont mind if I introduce you as Lord Hyssops do you said the earl as he lit his pipe.
"The Young Visiters or, Mr. Salteena's Plan" by Daisy Ashford
Hyssop is a hardy, evergreen, dwarfish, aromatic shrub, from the south of Europe.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
"A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes" by Charles Elmé Francatelli
He told Hyssop as she'd had a marvelous escape from a prize zany; and his wife said the same.
"Humorous Ghost Stories" by Dorothy Scarborough
Colonel Hyssop went to a mirror and examined himself with close attention.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
Well, son, won't you just run around and tell the sacristan to get the water and the hyssop ready!
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
"Sowing and Reaping" by Dwight Moody
And he will purge the nation with fire and cleanse it with hyssop.
"The Corner House Girls in a Play" by Grace Brooks Hill
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Therefore be plain, old Hyssop on the Wall!
"Rewards and Fairies" by Rudyard Kipling
I wanted to be certain of my own wisdom by copying Solomon, who had knowledge of hyssop and of tree.
"Reveries over Childhood and Youth" by William Butler Yeats
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus" by G. A. Chadwick
It is said to have been originally made of hyssop.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
A border on one side or end will hold all herbs, such as parsley, thyme, sage, hyssop, mints.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
After straining the hyssop tea, mix with it the other ingredients, and give a quart every two hours.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
Water is their only drink, and the relish of their bread, salt and hyssop.
"The Christ Of Paul" by George Reber
Their food was hyssop, and bread, and salt; and water their only drink.
"The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors" by Kersey Graves
COMMON NAMES, Blue Vervain, Purvain, Wild Hyssop.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
Take of Elder Flowers one Pugil, of Hyssop Leaves half as much.
"Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health" by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
Hyssop is a native of the south of Europe, its range extending eastward to central Asia.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

His namesake, born of Jewish breeder,
Knew "from the Hyssop to the Cedar;"
But he, unlike the Jewish leader,
Scarce knew the Hyssop from the Cedar.
"On A Late Impiric Of Balmy Memory" by Charles Lamb
No bleeding bird, nor bleeding beast,
Nor hyssop branch, nor sprinkling priest,
Nor running brook, nor flood, nor sea,
Can wash the dismal stain away.
"Psalm 51 part 2" by Isaac Watts
And to quench His thirst they gave Him vinegar and hyssop,
While the blood from His wounded brow copiously did drop,
Then He drank of it willingly, and bowed His head,
And in a few minutes the dear Saviour was dead.
"The Crucifixion of Christ" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

A terrific newcomer to American gardens is a Southwest native, Agastache rupestris, also known as sunset hyssop.