Hys"sop (?), n. [OE. hysope, ysope, OF. ysope, F. hysope, hyssope, L. hysopum, hyssopum, hyssopus, Gr. , , an aromatic plant, fr. Heb. &emac;sov.]
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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