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hyacinth

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noun hy·a·cinth \ˈhī-ə-(ˌ)sin(t)th, -sən(t)th\

Simple Definition of hyacinth

  • : a type of plant that is grown in gardens and has flowers that smell sweet

Full Definition of hyacinth

  1. 1 a :  a precious stone of the ancients sometimes held to be the sapphire b :  a gem zircon or essonite

  2. 2 a :  a plant of the ancients held to be a lily, iris, larkspur, or gladiolus b :  a bulbous perennial herb (Hyacinthus orientalis) of the lily family that is native to the Mediterranean region but is widely grown for its dense spikes of fragrant flowers — compare grape hyacinth, water hyacinth

  3. 3 :  a light violet to moderate purple

hy·a·cin·thine play \ˌhī-ə-ˈsin(t)-thən\ adjective

Illustration of hyacinth

Origin of hyacinth

Latin hyacinthus, a precious stone, a flowering plant, from Greek hyakinthos


First Known Use: 1553


HYACINTH Defined for Kids

hyacinth

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noun hy·a·cinth \ˈhī-ə-sinth\

Definition of hyacinth

  1. :  a plant often grown for its stalks of fragrant flowers shaped like bells





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