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phoebe

[fee-bee] /ˈfi bi/
noun
1.
any of several small American flycatchers of the genus Sayornis, especially S. phoebe, of eastern North America.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700, Americanism; imitative; spelling by influence of Phoebe

Phoebe

[fee-bee] /ˈfi bi/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a Titan, daughter of Uranus and Gaea and mother of Leto, later identified with Artemis and with the Roman goddess Diana.
2.
Astronomy. one of the moons of Saturn.
3.
Literary. the moon personified.
4.
a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for phoebe

phoebe

/ˈfiːbɪ/
noun
1.
any of several greyish-brown North American flycatchers of the genus Sayornis, such as S. phoebe (eastern phoebe)
Word Origin
C19: imitative of the bird's call

Phoebe1

/ˈfiːbɪ/
noun
1.
(classical myth) a Titaness, who later became identified with Artemis (Diana) as goddess of the moon
2.
(poetic) a personification of the moon

Phoebe2

/ˈfiːbɪ/
noun
1.
the outermost satellite of the planet Saturn. It has retrograde motion and a dark surface
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Word Origin and History for phoebe
n.

small North American flycatcher, pewit, 1700, phebe, so called in imitation of its cry; spelling altered (1839) by influence of the woman's proper name Phoebe.

Phoebe

fem. proper name, late 14c., originally a name of Artemis as the goddess of the moon, from Latin Phoebe, from Greek phoibos "bright, pure," of unknown origin. The fem. form of Phoebus, an epithet of Apollo as sun-god.

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Slang definitions & phrases for phoebe

Phoebe

n,n phr

Five or the point of five (1940s+ Crapshooting)


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