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[ih-feeb, ef-eeb] /ɪˈfib, ˈɛf ib/
a young man, especially an ephebus.
Origin of ephebe
1690-1700; < Latin ephēbus < Greek éphēbos, equivalent to ep- ep- + -hēbos, derivative of hḗbē manhood
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ephebic, adjective Unabridged
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/ɪˈfiːb; ˈɛfiːb/
(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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Word Origin and History for ephebic

1880 (the noun, ephebe, is attested from 1690s), from Greek ephebos "of age 18-20," from epi "upon" (see epi-) + hebe "early manhood," from PIE *yegw-a- "power, youth, strength." In classical Athens, a youth of 18 underwent his dokimasia, had his hair cut off, and was enrolled as a citizen. His chief occupation for the next two years was garrison duty.

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ephebic in Medicine

ephebic e·phe·bic (ĭ-fē'bĭk)
Of or relating to the period of puberty or adolescence.

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