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hyssop


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hyssop  \Hys"sop\,  n.  [OE.  hysope  ysope,  OF  ysope,  F.  hysope 
  hyssope,  L.  hysopum  hyssopum,  hyssopus,  Gr  ?,  ?,  an 
  aromatic  plant,  fr  Heb.  [=e]sov.] 
  A  plant  ({Hyssopus  officinalis}).  The  leaves  have  an  aromatic 
  smell,  and  a  warm,  pungent  taste. 
 
  Note:  The  hyssop  of  Scripture  is  supposed  to  be  a  species  of 
  caper  ({Capparis  spinosa}),  but  probably  the  name  was 
  used  for  several  different  plants. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hyssop 
  n  1:  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 
  [syn:  {Hyssopus  officinalis}] 
  2:  bitter  leaves  used  sparingly  in  salads;  dried  flowers  used 
  in  soups  and  tisanes 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Hyssop 
  (Heb.  'ezob;  LXX.  hyssopos),  first  mentioned  in  Ex  12:22  in 
  connection  with  the  institution  of  the  Passover.  We  find  it 
  afterwards  mentioned  in  Lev.  14:4,  6,  52;  Num.  19:6,  18;  Heb. 
  9:19.  It  is  spoken  of  as  a  plant  "springing  out  of  the  wall"  (1 
  Kings  4:33).  Many  conjectures  have  been  formed  as  to  what  this 
  plant  really  was  Some  contend  that  it  was  a  species  of  marjoram 
  (origanum),  six  species  of  which  are  found  in  Palestine.  Others 
  with  more  probability  think  that  it  was  the  caper  plant,  the 
  Capparis  spinosa  of  Linnaeus.  This  plant  grew  in  Egypt,  in  the 
  desert  of  Sinai,  and  in  Palestine.  It  was  capable  of  producing  a 
  stem  three  or  four  feet  in  length  (Matt.  27:48;  Mark  15:36. 
  Comp.  John  19:29). 
 




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