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Hyssopn. [OE. hysope, ysope, OF. ysope, F. hysope, hyssope, L. hysopum, hyssopum, hyssopus, Gr. , , an aromatic plant, fr. Heb. .].
     A plant (Hyssopus officinalis). The leaves have an aromatic smell, and a warm, pungent taste.  [1913 Webster]
    " The hyssop of Scripture is supposed to be a species of caper (Capparis spinosa), but probably the name was used for several different plants."  [1913 Webster]


Hyssop, n.
1 any small bushy aromatic herb of the genus Hyssopus, esp. H. officinalis, formerly used medicinally.
2 Bibl. a a plant whose twigs were used for sprinkling in Jewish rites. b a bunch of this used in purification.

OE (h)ysope (reinforced in ME by OF ysope) f. L hyssopus f. Gk hyssopos, of Semitic orig.

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