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jacinth

[jey-sinth, jas-inth]
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noun
  1. 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

Jacinth

[jey-sinth, jas-inth]
noun
  1. a female given name, form of Hyacinth.
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Historical Examples

  • She was scarcely out of hearing when Jacinth turned upon her sister.

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    Mary Louisa Molesworth

  • And—I have something to tell you, Jacinth,' was the gracious reply.

    Robin Redbreast

    Mary Louisa Molesworth

  • And Jacinth standing by, listened eagerly to all Mrs Burton told.

    Robin Redbreast

    Mary Louisa Molesworth

  • Jacinth grew a little nervous and said exactly what she did not mean to say.

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    Mary Louisa Molesworth

  • But besides the little Jacinth knew, she had her own sorer feelings.

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    Mary Louisa Molesworth


British Dictionary definitions for jacinth

jacinth

noun
  1. another name for hyacinth (def. 4)

Word Origin

C13: from Medieval Latin jacinthus, from Latin hyacinthus plant, precious stone; see hyacinth
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Word Origin and History for jacinth

n.

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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