From Middle English jacinth, from Old French jacincte, from Medieval Latin jacintus, from Latin hyacinthus, from Ancient Greek ὑάκινθος (huákinthos, “any of several dark blue flowers”), ultimately from a non-Indo-European Mediterranean language. Relatinized in the 16th century.
hyacinth (plural hyacinths)
- Any bulbous plant of the genus Hyacinthus, native to the Mediterranean and South Africa.
- A variety of zircon, ranging in color from brown, orange, reddish-brown and yellow; a jacinth.