- a youth loved but accidentally killed by Apollo: from the youth's blood sprang the hyacinth.
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She thought of Hyacinthus as she might have thought of a divinity.Quaint Courtships
Nor was it Apollo alone who desired the friendship of Hyacinthus.
So does Hyacinthus live on; so do Apollo and Zephyrus still love and mourn their friend.
The precise relation which Apollo bears to Hyacinthus is obscure.
The myth is akin to those of Linus, Hyacinthus, and Narcissus.The Classic Myths in English Literature and in Art (2nd ed.) (1911)
Charles Mills Gayley
- Greek myth a youth beloved of Apollo and inadvertently killed by him. At the spot where the youth died, Apollo caused a flower to grow
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