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[hee-bee] /ˈhi bi/
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 of hebe
< New Latin (1789), apparently after Hebe


[heeb] /hib/
noun, Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Jew.
First recorded in 1930-35; shortening of Hebrew


[hee-bee] /ˈhi bi/
Classical Mythology. a goddess of youth and spring, the daughter of Zeus and Hera, and wife of Hercules. Unabridged
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  • Fair, plump, and just turned of eighteen, she might have served as a model for hebe.

  • In the meantime Iolas comes, whose youth has been restored by hebe.

    The Metamorphoses of Ovid Publius Ovidius Naso
  • hebe's pleasure and delight kept her silent; she shared my ecstasies, and mingled her happy tears with mine.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • But she is a sweet creature; as beautiful as hebe; and why should I be wretched for ever?

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • "I do not want her to be up upon a pillar like Artemis and hebe, who are still in the hall," Halcyone said.

    Halcyone Elinor Glyn
  • They were all the sweethearts of the prince, who preferred Ganymede to hebe.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Chet went up and found that hebe and the man Billson were pretty good friends, being in neighboring beds.

  • Another captain was quickly engaged, and the hebe sailed on her voyage.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
  • I've been 'hebe' for fourteen years and I've served all the fancy drinks you can name over the brass railing of that spring.

    Where There's A Will Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Don't throw off on hebe when Shebe, maybe, only fooling thee.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for hebe


(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


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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