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 for Capparis spinosa
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Caper \Ca"per\, n. [F. c[^a]pre, fr. L. capparis, Gr. ?; cf. Ar.
     & Per. al-kabar.]
     1. The pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and
        Oriental caper ({Capparis spinosa), much used for
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     2. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Capparis; -- called also
        caper bush, caper tree.
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     Note: The Capparis spinosa is a low prickly shrub of the
           Mediterranean coasts, with trailing branches and
           brilliant flowers; -- cultivated in the south of Europe
           for its buds. The Capparis sodada is an almost
           leafless spiny shrub of central Africa (Soudan),
           Arabia, and southern India, with edible berries.
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     Bean caper. See Bran caper, in the Vocabulary.
     Caper sauce, a kind of sauce or catchup made of capers.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Capparis spinosa
      n 1: prostrate spiny shrub of the Mediterranean region
           cultivated for its greenish flower buds which are pickled
           [syn: common caper, Capparis spinosa]

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