hyacinth

noun

hy·​a·​cinth ˈhī-ə-(ˌ)sin(t)th How to pronounce hyacinth (audio)
-sən(t)th
1
a
: a precious stone of the ancients sometimes held to be the sapphire
b
: a gem zircon or hessonite
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
hyacinthine adjective

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  • hyacinth 2b

Examples of hyacinth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The herbicide is meant to kill nonnative plants such as hyacinth, South American spongeplant, Uruguay water primrose, Alligator weed, Brazilian waterweed, curlyleaf pondweed, Eurasian watermilfoil, coontail, ribbon weed, and fanwort. Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee, 22 Feb. 2024 Spring flowers, including tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, pansies and lilies, are displayed around the show's theme. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 23 Jan. 2024 The bloody conflicts cited by Francis contrasted with a riot of bright colors lent by orange-red tulips, yellow sprays of forsythia and daffodils, hyacinths and other colorful seasonal flowers that decorated St. Peter’s Square. Frances D'emilio, Chicago Tribune, 9 Apr. 2023 Blue hyacinths suggest constancy of love, while yellow tulips indicate there is sunshine in your smile. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, 13 Feb. 2024 The division is planning mechanical harvesting, if necessary, in addition to herbicide control, especially if hyacinth becomes overgrown. Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee, 22 Feb. 2024 Crocuses, hyacinths, and snowdrops are the first to burst from the thawing ground. Katelyn Chef, Southern Living, 9 Feb. 2024 For those who can’t make it to Las Vegas, Bellagio has also released a special edition Prosperity Candle for the Year of the Dragon with scents of honeysuckle nectar, hyacinth, lemon, and orange blossom, which can be purchased through bellagioathome.com. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 1 Feb. 2024 But 2023 brought lighter moments as well, showcasing L.A. in all its variety: glittery Taylor Swift fans, a chef making Oaxacan tamales in Koreatown, a guy biking through Griffith Park while being trailed by his pet hyacinth macaws. Times Photography Staff, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of hyacinth was in 1553

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Cite this Entry

“Hyacinth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyacinth. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

hyacinth

noun
hy·​a·​cinth ˈhī-ə-(ˌ)sin(t)th How to pronounce hyacinth (audio)
1
: a red or brownish gem
2
: a common garden plant that grows from a bulb, is related to the lilies, and is widely grown for its showy dense spikes of fragrant bell-shaped flowers compare grape hyacinth, water hyacinth

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