[jey-sinth, jas-inth]

1200–50; < Medieval Latin jacinthus, Latin hyacinthus hyacinth; replacing Middle English jacinct < Old French jacincte < Medieval Latin jacinctus, variant of jacinthus

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[jey-sinth, jas-inth]
a female given name, form of Hyacinth.
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jacinth (ˈdʒæsɪnθ)
another name for hyacinth
[C13: from Medieval Latin jacinthus, from Latin hyacinthus plant, precious stone; see hyacinth]

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Word Origin & History

c.1230, an ancient blue gem (probably sapphire), from O.Fr. iacinte, from L. hyacinthus (see hyacinth). In modern use, a reddish-orange gem.
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Jacinth definition

properly a flower of a reddish blue or deep purple (hyacinth), and hence a precious stone of that colour (Rev. 21:20). It has been supposed to designate the same stone as the ligure (Heb. leshem) mentioned in Ex. 28:19 as the first stone of the third row in the high priest's breast-plate. In Rev. 9:17 the word is simply descriptive of colour.

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a red, orange, or yellow variety of the gemstone zircon (q.v.).

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