hebe

hebe

[hee-bee]
noun
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:
< Neo-Latin (1789), apparently after Hebe

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Hebe

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

Hebe

[heeb]
noun Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a Jew.

Origin:
1930–35; shortening of Hebrew

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Hebe (ˈhiːbɪ)
 
n
Greek myth the goddess of youth and spring, daughter of Zeus and Hera and wife of Hercules

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Hebe
1606, Gk. goddess of youth, from Gk. hebe "youth, strength of youth;" hence hebephrenia "adolescent insanity" (1886), coined in Mod.L. by Ger. psychiatrist Ewald Escker in 1871, from Gk. phrene (gen. phrenos) "mind."
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