1) A dark, yellow-red zircon crystal that has been used as a gemstone. Hyacinth is also known as jacinth. The zircon crystal is brittle with a high refractive index. Many catalogs of ancient gemstones mislabel hessonite as jacinth (Ogden 1982).
2) A plant, Hyacinthus orientalis, that grows from bulbs and produces blue-purple flowers. It is also called jacinth.
Synonyms and Related Terms
hyacynth; jacinth; Hyacinthus orientalis; Hyazinth (Deut.)
J. Ogden, Jewelry of the Ancient World, Rizzoli International Publications, New York, 1982.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
- Jack Odgen, Jewellery of the Ancient World, Rizzoli International Publications Inc., New York City, 1982
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, at http://www.wikipedia.com Comment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinth_%28flower%29 accessed Nov. 10, 2004