[ hahy-uh-sin-thuhs ]

nounClassical Mythology.
  1. a youth loved but accidentally killed by Apollo: from the youth's blood sprang the hyacinth.

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How to use Hyacinthus in a sentence

  • Hyacinthus candicans, white; four feet; last three weeks of August.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden | Helena Rutherfurd Ely
  • In 1596 the Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis) was introduced from the Levant.

    The Romance of Plant Life | G. F. Scott Elliot
  • Here he had the misfortune accidentally to kill Hyacinthus, a boy to whom he was much attached.

    The Student's Mythology | Catherine Ann White
  • One day he came down to earth to enjoy the society of a youth of mortal birth, named Hyacinthus.

    Myths of Greece and Rome | H. A. Guerber
  • Mozart, for instance, took a melodious duet from his opera of "Hyacinthus," for the Andante of a symphony (p. 94).

British Dictionary definitions for Hyacinthus


/ (ˌhaɪəˈsɪnθəs) /

  1. 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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