from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A beautiful youth, loved but accidentally killed by Apollo, from whose blood Apollo caused the hyacinth to grow.

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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Hyacinthaceae — the hyacinths.
  • proper n. A Spartan youth loved and accidentally killed by Apollo. The flower hyacinth sprang from his blood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of liliaceous bulbous plants, including about 30 species, natives of central Europe, Asia, and Africa.


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Ancient Greek Ὑάκινθος


  • Well, will you come to-morrow about eleven, and then afterwards we can come back here to criticise 'Hyacinthus'? "


  • He rose before the assembly and called on his fellow citizens to remember the story of the Athenian heroes Leos and Hyacinthus, who had sacrificed their own willing daughters to save the state when it faced destruction.

    Alexander the Great

  • In 1988 the Dutch had the 37-year-old Arnold Mühren in the team, the man his Manchester United colleague Norman Whiteside was tickled to address habitually as "Arnold Johannes Hyacinthus Mühren, son of Arnold Pietrus Hyacinthus Mühren".

    Holland's World Cup history is a tale of greatness without glory

  • Hyacinthus, him whom Phoebus slew in the lists by a quoit hurled o'er the mark; wherefore did the son of Zeus ordain that Laconia's land should set apart that day for sacrifice; there too shalt thou find the tender maid, whom ye left in your house, for as yet no nuptial torch has shed its light for her.


  • I took her a bunch of bluebells (Hyacinthus nonscriptus), which Finn helped me pick in

    Excerpt: The Sisters Mortland by Sally Beauman

  • Drooping like Hyacinthus beneath the blow of the quoit, he sank on

    Westward Ho!

  • No Hyacinthus followed Love so madly as you in Greek days.

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • Ovid tells us of a flower into which Hyacinthus was metamorphosed, that bears letters on its leaves, which Virgil recommended as a miracle to the Royal Society of his day; but no age nor nation hath ever recorded a bird with a letter in its maw.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • [2499] Apollo accidentally killed Hyacinthus by striking him on the head with a quoit.

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

  • Hyacinthus, [2499] who loved him, he did not foretell his death.

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus


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