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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Zircon  \Zir"con\,  n.  [F.,  the  same  word  as  jargon.  See  {Jargon} 
  a  variety  of  zircon.]  (Min.) 
  A  mineral  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}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.  {H.  orientalis} 
  is  a  common  variety. 
  b  A  plant  of  the  genus  {Camassia}  ({C.  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}. 
 
  2.  (Min.)  A  red  variety  of  zircon,  sometimes  used  as  a  gem. 
  See  {Zircon}. 
 
  {Hyacinth  bean}  (Bot.),  a  climbing  leguminous  plant 
  ({Dolichos  Lablab}),  related  to  the  true  bean.  It  has  dark 
  purple  flowers  and  fruit. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hyacinth 
  n  1:  a  red  transparent  variety  of  zircon  used  as  a  gemstone  [syn: 
  {jacinth}] 
  2:  any  of  numerous  bulbous  perennial  herbs 




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