Hyssopus officinalis or hyssop is a shrub in the Lamiaceae or mint family native to Southern Europe, the Middle East, and the region surrounding the Caspian Sea. Due to its purported properties as an antiseptic, cough reliever, and expectorant, it has been used in traditional herbal medicine.
Via Latin hysopum, from Ancient Greek ὕσσωπος (hússōpos), of Semitic origin.
hyssop (countable and uncountable, plural hyssops)
- Any of several aromatic bushy herbs, of the genus Hyssopus, native to Southern Europe and once used medicinally
- Any of several similar plants
- Agastache foeniculum, blue giant hyssop
- (obsolete, US) The sagebrush (Artemisia spp.)
- (biblical) A plant used used for sprinkling of blood or water in purification