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  • adj. Of a yellowish colour, as in yellow zircon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to the hyacinth; resembling the hyacinth; in color like the hyacinth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Made or consisting of hyacinth; resembling hyacinth in color or odor.
  • Very beautiful or attractive: in allusion to Hyacinthus, a youth fabled to have been loved by Apollo.


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  • Both have proposed an originally perfect being with hyacinthine locks, from whose type all the subsequent humans are degradations physical and moral.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • But I SURE AS HELL want to see the lovely auburn, hyacinthine Judith replete with pineapple, a la CARMEN MIRANDA

    Perfume Review: Histoires de Parfums 1804 George Sand

  • So saying, he made the king turn round, and I contemplated his hyacinthine locks, and gently stroked them.


  • “Faces pale as the primrose with hyacinthine locks” are in our eyes; the woods of Tuderly breathe their mystic voices in our ears.

    The Common Reader, Second Series

  • It was soon done, and the dark hyacinthine curves fell on her neck.

    Adam Bede

  • Watts painted Swinburne with a halo of hair; but Swinburne was bald before most of his last American or Australian admirers had heard of his hyacinthine locks.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • The night was alive with thaw; it was so nearly warm that a breeze drifting low along the sidewalk brought to Anthony a vision of an unhoped-for hyacinthine spring.

    The Beautiful and Damned

  • Does it not conjure up images of blue eyes and auburn hair of hyacinthine flow!

    Flashman's Lady

  • His hands, ablaze with jewelled rings, were folded across the ends of the tie, his chin sunk on his breast; and under the hyacinthine, heavily-curling hair, the brooding face was so magnificently handsome as to be beautiful.

    Tour de Force

  • Chateaubriand's "Itinéraire de Paris à Jérusalem," page 53. 13. hyacinthine isle: a reference to the flowers of the island

    Selections from Poe


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  • The hyacinthine boy for whom

    Morn well might break and April bloom


    --Inscription on the gravestone of Ralph Waldo Emerson's son Waldo.

    (The back side of the marker is inscribed

    Ah me! It was my childhood's thought

    If He should make my web a blot

    On life's fair picture of delight

    My heart's content would find it right


    December 24, 2011

  • ...a frantic homing seaplane was flying soundlessly, like a bird with long shoes, into a patch of hyacinthine sky in the west...

    - Malcolm Lowry, October Ferry to Gabriola

    July 30, 2008

  • "Gradually, however, as the performance went on, their vaguely human forms detached themselves languidly one after the other from the depths of the night which they embroidered, and, raising themselves toward the light, allowed their half-naked bodies to emerge into the chiaroscuro of the surface where their gleaming faces appeared behind the playful, frothy undulations of their ostrich-feather fans, beneath their hyacinthine, pearl-studded headdresses which seemed to bend with the motion of the waves."

    --The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, Revised by D.J. Enright, p 44 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    July 17, 2008