EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a young man, especially an ephebus. Origin of ephebe 1690–1700;
Related forms e·phe·bic, adjective
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C19: from Latin
ephēbus, from Greek ephēbos, from hēbē young manhood
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Word Origin and History for ephebic adj.
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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adj. Of or relating to the period of puberty or adolescence.
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