phoebe

phoebe

[fee-bee]

Origin:
1690–1700, Americanism; imitative; spelling by influence of Phoebe

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Phoebe

[fee-bee]
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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phoebe (ˈfiːbɪ)
 
n
any of several greyish-brown North American flycatchers of the genus Sayornis, such as S. phoebe (eastern phoebe)
 
[C19: imitative of the bird's call]

Phoebe or Phebe1 (ˈfiːbɪ)
 
n
1.  classical myth a Titaness, who later became identified with Artemis (Diana) as goddess of the moon
2.  poetic a personification of the moon
 
Phebe or Phebe1
 
n

Phoebe2 (ˈfiːbɪ)
 
n
the outermost satellite of the planet Saturn. It has retrograde motion and a dark surface

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phoebe
small N.Amer. flycatcher, pewit, 1700, phebe, so called in imitation of its cry; spelling alt. 1839 by influence of the woman's proper name (see Phoebe).

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