Origin of hyacinth
Examples from the Web for hyacinth
Hyacinth: I never thought it would bring such great trouble upon you.Seven Short Plays|Lady Gregory
Hence this adaptation is less a solecism than that of the bell for the hyacinth.
Hyacinth sighed and turned to go, but Dr. Henry laid a hand upon his shoulder and detained him.Hyacinth|George A. Birmingham
Whatever may have been the defects of 'Hyacinth Ellet,' he has never publicly failed to 'know his father and his mother.'The Life and Beauties of Fanny Fern|Anonymous
Ormuz Khan drew a hyacinth from a vase close beside him and languidly waved it in dismissal.Fire-Tongue|Sax Rohmer
- any of the varying colours of the hyacinth flower or stone
- (as modifier)hyacinth eyes
Word Origin for hyacinth
1550s, "the plant hyacinth;" re-Greeked from earlier jacinth (late 14c.) "hyacinth; blue cornflower," earlier a precious stone blue (rarely red) in color (c.1200), from Old French jacinte and Medieval Latin jacintus, ultimately from Greek hyakinthos, probably ultimately from a non-Indo-European Mediterranean language. Used in ancient Greece of a blue gem, perhaps sapphire, and of a purple or deep red flower, but exactly which one is unknown (gladiolus, iris, and larkspur have been suggested). Fabled to have sprouted from the blood of Hyakinthos, youth beloved by Apollo and accidentally slain by him. The flower is said to have the letters "AI" or "AIAI" on its petals. The modern use in reference to a particular flowering plant genus is from 1570s.