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Thursday, July 23, 2015
Word from Mythology: Hyacinth
The name of the flower "hyacinth" comes from the Greek name, Hyacinth, the lover of Apollo. Unfortunately, Hyacinth was loved both by the god Apollo and by the god of the West Wind, Zephyr. One day when playing a discus game with Apollo, Zephyr caused the discus to hit Hyacinth in the head, killing him. Apollo then turned Hyacinth into a flower, and his tears stained the flower's petals.
There was later a famous Christian saint named Hyacinth, and that is the origin of the Spanish name San Jacinto.