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  1. 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


noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Jew.

Origin of Hebe1

First recorded in 1930–35; shortening of Hebrew


  1. Classical Mythology. a goddess of youth and spring, the daughter of Zeus and Hera, and wife of Hercules.
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Historical Examples

  • You are right, dearest Hebe, do you go to bed, and I will read to you.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • They were all the sweethearts of the prince, who preferred Ganymede to Hebe.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

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

  • Don't throw off on Hebe when Shebe, maybe, only fooling thee.

    Marion's Faith.

    Charles King

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

    The Metamorphoses of Ovid

    Publius Ovidius Naso

British Dictionary definitions for hebe


  1. 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

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