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ephebe

[ih-feeb, ef-eeb] /ɪˈfib, ˈɛf ib/
noun
1.
a young man, especially an ephebus.
Origin of ephebe
1690-1700
1690-1700; < Latin ephēbus < Greek éphēbos, equivalent to ep- ep- + -hēbos, derivative of hḗbē manhood
Related forms
ephebic, adjective
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  • The Greek youth became enamoured of the ephebe in the gymnasium, where they appeared nude and beautiful.

    Acrobats and Mountebanks Hugues Le Roux
British Dictionary definitions for ephebe

ephebe

/ɪˈfiːb; ˈɛfiːb/
noun
1.
(in ancient Greece) a youth about to enter full citizenship, esp one undergoing military training
Derived Forms
ephebic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin ephēbus, from Greek ephēbos, from hēbē young manhood
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