hyacinth

[ hahy-uh-sinth ]
/ ˈhaɪ ə sɪnθ /

noun

a bulbous plant, Hyacinthus orientalis, of the lily family, widely cultivated for its cylindrical cluster of fragrant flowers in a variety of colors.
any of various similar or related plants, as the grape hyacinth or the water hyacinth.
a plant fabled to have sprung from the blood of Hyacinthus and variously identified as iris, gladiolus, larkspur, etc.
Mineralogy. a reddish-orange zircon.
a gem of the ancients, held to be the amethyst or sapphire.

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Also called jacinth for defs 3–5.

Origin of hyacinth

1545–55; < Latin hyacinthus < Greek hyákinthos blue larkspur, also a gem of blue color; cf. jacinth

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Definition for hyacinth (2 of 2)

Hyacinth
[ hahy-uh-sinth ]
/ ˈhaɪ ə sɪnθ /

noun

a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for hyacinth

hyacinth
/ (ˈhaɪəsɪnθ) /

noun

any liliaceous plant of the Mediterranean genus Hyacinthus, esp any cultivated variety of H. orientalis, having a thick flower stalk bearing white, blue, or pink fragrant flowers
the flower or bulb of such a plant
any similar or related plant, such as the grape hyacinth
Also called: jacinth a red or reddish-brown transparent variety of the mineral zircon, used as a gemstone
Greek myth a flower which sprang from the blood of the dead Hyacinthus
  1. any of the varying colours of the hyacinth flower or stone
  2. (as modifier)hyacinth eyes

Derived forms of hyacinth

hyacinthine (ˌhaɪəˈsɪnθaɪn), adjective

Word Origin for hyacinth

C16: from Latin hyacinthus, from Greek huakinthos
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