- among the ancients, a blue gem, probably the sapphire
- any of the reddish-orange or brownish varieties of zircon or certain other minerals, used as a semiprecious stone
- any of a genus (Hyacinthus) of plants of the lily family, with narrow channeled leaves and spikes of fragrant, bell-shaped flowers in white, yellow, red, blue, or purple
- the bulb of any of these plants
- the flower
- a bluish purple
Origin of hyacinthClassical Latin hyacinthus ; from Classical Greek hyakinthos, wild hyacinth, bluebell, blue larkspur, hence a blue gem
- a. A bulbous Mediterranean plant (Hyacinthus orientalis) having narrow leaves and a terminal raceme of variously colored, usually fragrant flowers, with a funnel-shaped perianth.b. Any of several similar or related plants, such as the grape hyacinth.
- Greek Mythology A plant, perhaps the larkspur, gladiolus, or iris, that sprang from the blood of the slain Hyacinthus.
- A deep purplish blue to vivid violet.
- a. A reddish or cinnamon-colored variety of transparent zircon, used as a gemstone. Also called jacinth.b. A blue precious stone, perhaps the sapphire, known in antiquity.
Origin of hyacinthLatin hyacinthus, from Greek huakinthos, wild hyacinth.
From Middle English jacinth, from Old French jacincte, from Medieval Latin jacintus, from Latin hyacinthus, from Ancient Greek ὑάκινθος (huakinthos, “any of several dark blue flowers”), ultimately from a non-Indo-European Mediterranean language. Relatinized 16c.
- Alternative form of Hyacinthus.
- (rare) A male given name.
- A female given name. One of the less common flower names used since the 19th century.