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hyacinthine

[hahy-uh-sin-thin, -thahyn] /ˌhaɪ əˈsɪn θɪn, -θaɪn/
adjective
1.
of or like the hyacinth.
2.
adorned with hyacinths.
Origin of hyacinthine
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin hyacinthinus < Greek hyakínthinos. See hyacinth, -ine1
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  • As for the hyacinthine purple cloak, I wear it because I like it.

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
  • Dark eyes are dearer far Than those that make the hyacinthine bell.

    A Critic in Pall Mall Oscar Wilde
  • There was no suggestion of a body, only that majestic head crowned with hyacinthine locks and limned in lambent fire.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • By continuance of heat it calcines in white fumes, called argentine flowers of antimony, which melt into a hyacinthine glass.

  • The hyacinthine curl of her lengthening locks had added something to her beauty; but it was the same face which had haunted him.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • The hyacinthine macaw (the Araruna of the natives) is one of the finest and rarest species of the parrot family.

  • Thou art like the hyacinthine flower, wont to stand aloft 'midst varied riches of its lordling's garden.

    The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus Caius Valerius Catullus
  • On his head he wore a petasus of hyacinthine hue, out of which sprang three peacock's feathers.

  • The nest of the hyacinthine Gallinule is made on the sedge-patches which dot the marshes, much like that of the coot.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • The breezy or stormy sea was purple; the sky was purple; the hyacinthine locks of Narcissus, the rosy lips of Venus were purple.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford

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