Definition of hyacinth in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪəsɪnθ/


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1A bulbous plant of the lily family, with strap-like leaves and a compact spike of bell-shaped fragrant flowers. Native to western Asia, hyacinths are cultivated outdoors and as houseplants.
  • Genus Hyacinthus, family Liliaceae: several species, in particular H. orientalis, from which the large-flowered cultivars are derived.
Example sentences
  • The miracle of spring flowers such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and lilies is even more astounding when one realizes how they reach the bloom stage each year.
  • Fall is the season to plant trees, turf grasses and spring-blooming flower bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses.
  • Spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips, crocuses, hyacinths, daffodils, and irises are universal symbols of spring.
1.1 [mass noun] A light purplish-blue colour typical of some hyacinth flowers: [as modifier]: the Queen Mother was wearing hyacinth blue
More example sentences
  • Given over entirely to a celebration of painting, it is more or less bisected at a diagonal of golden russet dappling on a field of hyacinth blue, and suffused with ambient light.
  • Colour is inspired by spring flowers - daffodil yellow, light green, lilac and hyacinth blues or blossom pinks.
2 another term for jacinth.
Example sentences
  • Lighter colored crystals have been referred to as hyacinth or jacinth stones.
  • Tin, amethyst, the sapphire, the smarage or emerald, hyacinth, topaz, crystal, bezoar, marble, and that which in England we call freestone.



Pronunciation: /hʌɪəˈsɪnθiːn/
Pronunciation: /hʌɪəˈsɪnθʌɪn/
Example sentences
  • To the left walks Edwin, with hyacinthine locks, and a thoroughly classical type of face, and Grecian nose.
  • Last month, the township acquired an art-gallery overlooking a hyacinthine lily-pond.


Mid 16th century (denoting a gem): from French hyacinthe, via Latin from Greek huakinthos, denoting a plant identified with the flower in the myth of Hyacinthus, and a gem (perhaps the sapphire). The current sense dates from the late 16th century.

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