hy·a·cinth / ˈhīəˌsin[unvoicedth]/ •
n. 1. a bulbous plant (genus Hyacinthus) of the lily family, with straplike leaves and a compact spike of bell-shaped fragrant flowers. ∎ a light purplish-blue color typical of some hyacinth flowers. 2.
another term for jacinth.DERIVATIVES: hy·a·cin·thine / ˌhīəˈsin[unvoicedth]in; -ˌ[unvoicedth]īn/ adj.
precious stone (cf. JACINTH
); plant-name. XVI. — F. hyacinthe
— L. hyacinthus
— Gr. huákinthos
purple or dark-red flower, precious stone.
XVII. — L. — Gr.
the flower of the hyacinth is supposed to have sprung from the blood of Hyacinthus
, a beautiful boy whom the god Apollo loved but killed accidentally with a discus. From his blood Apollo caused the hyacinth to spring up.
Bulbous plant native to the Mediterranean region and Africa. It has long, thin leaves and spikes of bell-shaped flowers, which may be white, yellow, red, blue, or purple. Family Liliaceae; genus Hyacinthus.