Meaning of hyacinth

hy•a•cinth

Pronunciation: (hī'u-sinth), [key]
— n.
  1. a bulbous plant, Hyacinthus orientalis, of the lily family, widely cultivated for its cylindrical cluster of fragrant flowers in a variety of colors.
  2. any of various similar or related plants, as the grape hyacinth or the water hyacinth.
  3. a plant fabled to have sprung from the blood of Hyacinthus and variously identified as iris, gladiolus, larkspur, etc.
  4. a reddish-orange zircon.
  5. a gem of the ancients, held to be the amethyst or sapphire. Also calledfor defs. 3–5.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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