grape hyacinth


: any of several small bulbous spring-flowering herbs (genus Muscari) of the lily family with racemes of usually blue flowers

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Examples of grape hyacinth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spring-flowering bulbs such as winter aconites, snowdrops, and grape hyacinths come back for many years. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 31 July 2023 Muscari, or grape hyacinth, is up next. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, 13 Apr. 2020 Fill each teacup with soaked floral foam and add in small blooms, like grape hyacinth or lily of the valley. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Nov. 2022 Though the flowers somewhat resemble true hyacinths, grape hyacinth (Muscari) is tiny in comparison. Nicole Bradley, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 Spreading, grassy foliage is topped by grape hyacinth-like flower spikes in late summer. Dennis Peck, oregonlive, 14 Aug. 2022 Try planting bulbs such as daffodils, ornamental onions, grape hyacinth, fritillaria, snowdrops, winter aconite and Siberian squill that are more resistant to animals. Tim Johnson,, 13 Nov. 2021 Muscari Muscari — or grape hyacinth — produce clumps of grassy leaves in the fall as a prelude to blooming the following April. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 Mix them with grape hyacinth to mimic the look of a river winding through your garden beds. Marty Ross, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grape hyacinth was in 1673

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“Grape hyacinth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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grape hyacinth

: any of several small herbs related to the lilies that produce usually blue flowers in the spring
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