from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bulbous Mediterranean plant (Hyacinthus orientalis) having narrow leaves and a terminal raceme of variously colored, usually fragrant flowers, with a funnel-shaped perianth. Also called jacinth.
- n. Any of several similar or related plants, such as the grape hyacinth.
- n. Greek Mythology A plant, perhaps the larkspur, gladiolus, or iris, that sprang from the blood of the slain Hyacinthus.
- n. A deep purplish blue to vivid violet.
- n. A reddish or cinnamon-colored variety of transparent zircon, used as a gemstone.
- n. A blue precious stone, perhaps the sapphire, known in antiquity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any bulbous plant of the genus Hyacinthus, native to the Mediterranean and South Africa.
- n. A variety of zircon, ranging in color from brown, orange, reddish-brown and yellow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bulbous plant of the genus Hyacinthus, bearing beautiful spikes of fragrant flowers. Hyacinthus orientalis is a common variety.
- n. A plant of the genus Camassia (Camassia Farseri), called also Eastern camass; wild hyacinth.
- n. 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.
- n. A red variety of zircon, sometimes used as a gem. See Zircon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ornamental bulbous plant of the genus Hyacinthus (H. orientalis), natural order Liliaceæ.
- n. By transfer, a plant of some other genus.
- n. Among the ancients, a gem of bluish-violet color, supposed to be the sapphire.
- n. In modern usage, a gem of a reddish-orange color which is a variety of the mineral zircon. Some varieties of garnet and topaz also receive this name.
- n. In heraldry, the tincture tenney or tawny when blazoning is done by colors of precious stones. See blazon.
- n. In ornithology, a purple gallinule, as of the genus Ionornis or Porphyrio; a sultan.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous bulbous perennial herbs
- n. a red transparent variety of zircon used as a gemstone
Latin hyacinthus, from Greek huakinthos, wild hyacinth.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ὑάκινθος (huakinthos, "any of several dark blue flowers") (Wiktionary)