Legend says that on the petals of the hyacinth Apollo transcribed the letters “Aì,”—“Alas!”
He was poor and he was in love with hyacinth; the chain of evidence was complete.
Size, therefore, is not the main point about hyacinth bulbs.
Mr. hyacinth Keegan, that's just gone out of court; he's your master, eh?
From his blood sprang a dark-colored flower called after him hyacinth, on whose petals is the word "alas."
One is the daughter of hyacinth, keeper of the table furniture.
"It was an unfortunate marriage for you, I should suppose," said hyacinth soothingly.
It was quite near the hyacinth curtain and behind the latter she heard voices.
Of these, one describes the love of a shepherd and his nymph, while the other two treat the theme of Apollo and hyacinth.
Theocritus calls the hyacinth black—melan—and so does Vergil.
1550s, "the plant hyacinth;" re-Greeked from earlier jacinth (late 14c.) "hyacinth; blue cornflower," earlier a precious stone blue (rarely red) in color (c.1200), from Old French jacinte and Medieval Latin jacintus, ultimately from Greek hyakinthos, probably ultimately from a non-Indo-European Mediterranean language. Used in ancient Greece of a blue gem, perhaps sapphire, and of a purple or deep red flower, but exactly which one is unknown (gladiolus, iris, and larkspur have been suggested). Fabled to have sprouted from the blood of Hyakinthos, youth beloved by Apollo and accidentally slain by him. The flower is said to have the letters "AI" or "AIAI" on its petals. The modern use in reference to a particular flowering plant genus is from 1570s.