Origin of hyacinth
Examples from the Web for hyacinth
Historical Examples of hyacinth
He was poor and he was in love with Hyacinth; the chain of evidence was complete.
In a moment he reappeared at the door of the mill with Hyacinth under his arm.
Mr. Hyacinth Keegan, that's just gone out of court; he's your master, eh?The Macdermots of Ballycloran
One is the daughter of Hyacinth, keeper of the table furniture.
A delicate blue, ma'am; a little off the sky, and on the hyacinth.Barrington
Charles James Lever
- 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.