- 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.
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- Genus Hyacinthus, family Liliaceae: several species, in particular H. orientalis, from which the large-flowered cultivars are derived
- 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 blueMore 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.
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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- The US English dictionary