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 for Hyacinth
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hyacinth \Hy"a*cinth\, n. [L. hyacinthus a kind of flower, prob.
     the iris, gladiolus, or larkspur, also a kind of gem, perh.
     the sapphire; as, a proper name, Hyacinthus, a beautiful
     Laconian youth, beloved by Apollo, fr. Gr. ?, ?: cf. F.
     hyacinthe. Cf. Jacinth. The hyacinth was fabled to have
     sprung from the blood of Hyacinthus, who was accidentally
     slain by Apollo.]
     1. (Bot.)
        (a) A bulbous plant of the genus Hyacinthus, bearing
            beautiful spikes of fragrant flowers. Hyacinthus
            orientalis is a common variety.
        Camassia+({Camassia+Farseri">(b) A plant of the genus Camassia ({Camassia Farseri),
            called also Eastern camass; wild hyacinth.
        (c) The name also given to Scilla Peruviana, a
            Mediterranean plant, one variety of which produces
            white, and another blue, flowers; -- called also, from
            a mistake as to its origin, Hyacinth of Peru.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Min.) A red variety of zircon, sometimes used as a gem.
        See Zircon.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Hyacinth bean (Bot.), a climbing leguminous plant
        ({Dolichos Lablab), related to the true bean. It has dark
        purple flowers and fruit.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Zircon \Zir"con\, n. [F., the same word as jargon. See Jargon
     a variety of zircon.]
     1. (Min.) A mineral consisting predominantly of zirconium
        silicate ({Zr2SiO4) occurring in tetragonal crystals,
        usually of a brown or gray color. It consists of silica
        and zirconia. A red variety, used as a gem, is called
        hyacinth. Colorless, pale-yellow or smoky-brown
        varieties from Ceylon are called jargon.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     2. an imitation gemstone made of cubic zirconia.
        [PJC]
  
     Zircon syenite, a coarse-grained syenite containing zircon
        crystals and often also elaeolite. It is largely developed
        in Southern Norway.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hyacinth
      n 1: a red transparent variety of zircon used as a gemstone
           [syn: hyacinth, jacinth]
      2: any of numerous bulbous perennial herbs

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