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n. Greek Mythology
A beautiful youth, loved but accidentally killed by Apollo, from whose blood Apollo caused the hyacinth to grow.
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a youth beloved of Apollo and inadvertently killed by him. At the spot where the youth died, Apollo caused a flower to grow
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(ˌhaɪ əˈsɪn θəs)

(in Greek myth) a youth loved by Apollo, who accidentally killed him with a discus: from his blood sprang the hyacinth.
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References in classic literature ?
Ovid tells us of a flower into which Hyacinthus was metamorphosed, that bears letters on its leaves, which Virgil recommended as a miracle to the Royal Society of his day; but no age nor nation hath ever recorded a bird with a letter in its maw.
There followeth, for the latter part of January and February, the mezereon-tree, which then blossoms; crocus vernus, both the yellow and the grey; primroses, anemones; the early tulippa; hyacinthus orientalis; chamairis; fritellaria.
....rich-tressed Diomede; and she bare Hyacinthus, the blameless one and strong....
Uranbey et al, (2010) similarly found that considerable increases bulblet regeneration were accomplished on Orchimax mineral salts and vitamins when compared to MS and N6 basal media for close relative Hyacinthus azureus, Hyacinthella azurea or Muscari azureum species.
At age 11, he wrote his first true opera, Apollo et Hyacinthus. Mozart had an incredible ability to remember music.
There, Gerard notes that "most of the later Herbarists do call this plant Hyacinthus Poeticus, or Poets Hyacinth." Ovid, of course, is among the poets whom Gerard enlists to provide natural-historical data about this flower.
Bluebells are traditionally symbolic of constancy, sorrow and grief - in Greek mythology when the beautiful Spartan prince Hyacinthus accidentally killed by jealous lovers, his blood is transformed into blue curled petals.
Comparisons of reciprocally transplanted corals in American Samoa suggest that 38% of the difference in heat tolerance between populations of Acropora hyacinthus is attributable to fixed effects, including holobiont genotype, whereas 62% can be attributed to acclimatization achievable over 2 y (Palumbi et al., 2014).
Apollo et Hyacinthus (note the Latin, all trippingly sung by the soloists, and helpfully surtitled), Mozart's first opera - though really it's an intermedium split between the acts of a moralistic play - again suffered in comparison with what we knew the composer was to achieve a little later on in his tragically short life, but Page presided over an exemplary performance.
Nicander elsewhere offers scientific revisions of myth, such as the brain damage caused by the discus with which Apollo hits Hyacinthus in the head (905-6).