"a flower into which Hyacinthus was metamorphosed"
Death of Hyacinth
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Hyacinth, or Hyacinthus, is a mythological Greek hero, the beautiful young lover of the god Apollo.  He was also admired by the West Wind, Zephyrus.  Hyacinth died while throwing the discus with Apollo; as Hyacinth was running to catch the discus, jealous Zephyrus blew it off course, causing it to strike and kill him.

Apollo, distraught, forbade Hades to claim the boy for the Underworld, and instead made a flower, the hyacinth, from his spilled blood. According to Ovid’s account, Apollo’s tears stained the newly formed petals. 


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