hy·​a·​cinth | \ ˈhī-ə-(ˌ)sin(t)th How to pronounce hyacinth (audio) , -sən(t)th \

Definition of hyacinth

1a : a precious stone of the ancients sometimes held to be the sapphire
b : a gem zircon or hessonite
2a : 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

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Other Words from hyacinth

hyacinthine \ ˌhī-​ə-​ˈsin(t)-​thən How to pronounce hyacinth (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hyacinth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No, lay me down in that cave where others were covered with cornflower, hyacinth, yarrow & hollyhock. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2021 Kate's bouquet featured myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, hyacinth, and sweet William, a nod to the groom. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, 20 Apr. 2021 The plants have long, strappy leaves similar to a hyacinth. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 18 Apr. 2021 Other perfumey flowers, including hyacinth, jasmine, gardenia, tuberose, paperwhite and lilac, are also more likely to irritate sensitive noses. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2021 Over drinks, Laurac explained the island ritual of dropping a hyacinth into the waves as your boat sails away for the airport. Heidi Mitchell, Travel + Leisure, 29 Mar. 2021 Tulip and hyacinth bulbs should be stored in your refrigerator until late December or early January and planted then. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 16 Sep. 2020 Grape hyacinth doesn’t grow very tall, so plant it at the front of flower beds and borders. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Aug. 2020 The top flowers throughout the U.S. from March through May 2020 include: calla lilies, hyacinth, cyclamen, lily, freesia, African violet, peonies, gardenia, buttercup, and gladiolus. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of hyacinth

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hyacinth

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

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“Hyacinth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyacinth. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of hyacinth

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


hy·​a·​cinth | \ ˈhī-ə-sinth How to pronounce hyacinth (audio) \

Kids Definition of hyacinth

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

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