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hebe

[hee-bee] /ˈhi bi/
noun
1.
any of various shrubs and trees belonging to the genus Hebe, of the figwort family, native mostly to New Zealand, having evergreen leaves and clusters or spikes of white, pink, or purple flowers.
Origin
< New Latin (1789), apparently after Hebe

Hebe

[hee-bee] /ˈhi bi/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a goddess of youth and spring, the daughter of Zeus and Hera, and wife of Hercules.

Hebe

[heeb] /hib/
noun, Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Jew.
Origin
1930-35; shortening of Hebrew
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British Dictionary definitions for hebe

Hebe

/ˈhiːbɪ/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) the goddess of youth and spring, daughter of Zeus and Hera and wife of Hercules
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Word Origin and History for hebe

Hebe

c.1600, Greek goddess of youth, daughter of Zeus and Hera, wife of Hercules, from Greek hebe "youth, youthful prime, strength of youth" (legally, "the time before manhood," in Athens 16, in Sparta 18), from PIE *yeg-wa- "power, youth, strength."

derogatory word for "a Jew," 1932, shortened from Hebrew

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