Dictionary

hyacinth

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

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

Full Definition of HYACINTH

1
a :  a precious stone of the ancients sometimes held to be the sapphire
b :  a gem zircon or essonite
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
:  a light violet to moderate purple
hy·a·cin·thine \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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: hyacinth bacteriosisPrevious Word in the Dictionary: hwylAll Words Near: hyacinth
April 24, 2015
tyro Hear it
a beginner in learning
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears