- Mineralogy. hyacinth(def 4).
Origin of jacinth
1200–50; < Medieval Latin jacinthus, Latin hyacinthus hyacinth; replacing Middle English jacinct < Old French jacincte < Medieval Latin jacinctus, variant of jacinthus
- a female given name, form of Hyacinth.
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Examples from the Web for jacinth
She was scarcely out of hearing when Jacinth turned upon her sister.
And—I have something to tell you, Jacinth,' was the gracious reply.
And Jacinth standing by, listened eagerly to all Mrs Burton told.
Jacinth grew a little nervous and said exactly what she did not mean to say.
But besides the little Jacinth knew, she had her own sorer feelings.
- another name for hyacinth (def. 4)
C13: from Medieval Latin jacinthus, from Latin hyacinthus plant, precious stone; see hyacinth
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Word Origin and History for jacinth
c.1200, a blue gem (occasionally a red one), from Old French jacinte "hyacinth; jacinth" (see hyacinth). In modern use, a reddish-orange gem.
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