Definitions for: Hyacinth


[n] any of numerous bulbous perennial herbs
[n] a red transparent variety of zircon used as a gemstone



Webster (1913) Definition: Hy"a*cinth, n. [L. hyacinthus a kind of flower, prob.
the iris, gladiolus, or larkspur, also a kind of gem, perh.
the sapphire; as, a proper name, Hyacinthus, a beautiful
Laconian youth, beloved by Apollo, fr. Gr. ?, ?: cf. F.
hyacinthe. Cf. Jacinth. The hyacinth was fabled to have
sprung from the blood of Hyacinthus, who was accidentally
slain by Apollo.]
1. (Bot.)
(a) A bulbous plant of the genus Hyacinthus, bearing
beautiful spikes of fragrant flowers. H. orientalis
is a common variety.
(b) A plant of the genus Camassia (C. Farseri), called
also Eastern camass; wild hyacinth.
(c) The name also given to Scilla Peruviana, a
Mediterranean plant, one variety of which produces
white, and another blue, flowers; -- called also, from
a mistake as to its origin, Hyacinth of Peru.

2. (Min.) A red variety of zircon, sometimes used as a gem.
See Zircon.

Hyacinth bean (Bot.), a climbing leguminous plant
(Dolichos Lablab), related to the true bean. It has dark
purple flowers and fruit.

Synonyms: jacinth

See Also: cape hyacinth, common hyacinth, Galtonia candicans, genus Hyacinthus, Hyacinthus candicans, Hyacinthus orientalis, Hyacinthus orientalis albulus, liliaceous plant, Roman hyacinth, summer hyacinth, zircon, zirconium silicate

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