Hy·​a·​cin·​thus ˌhī-ə-ˈsin(t)-thəs How to pronounce Hyacinthus (audio)
: a youth loved and accidentally killed by Apollo who memorializes him with a hyacinth growing from the youth's blood

Word History


Latin, from Greek Hyakinthos

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hyacinthus was in 1565

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“Hyacinthus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hyacinthus. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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