hyacinth

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

Definition of hyacinth

  1. 1a :  a precious stone of the ancients sometimes held to be the sapphireb :  a gem zircon or hessonite

  2. 2a :  a plant of the ancients held to be a lily, iris, larkspur, or gladiolusb :  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

hyacinthine

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Origin and Etymology of hyacinth

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


HYACINTH Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of hyacinth for English Language Learners

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


HYACINTH Defined for Kids

hyacinth

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noun hy·a·cinth \ˈhī-ə-sinth\

Definition of hyacinth for Students

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


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