- 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
- a contemptuous term used to refer to a Jew.
Origin of Hebe1
- Classical Mythology. a goddess of youth and spring, the daughter of Zeus and Hera, and wife of Hercules.
Examples from the Web for hebe
Historical Examples of hebe
You are right, dearest Hebe, do you go to bed, and I will read to you.
They were all the sweethearts of the prince, who preferred Ganymede to Hebe.
Another captain was quickly engaged, and the Hebe sailed on her voyage.The Shellback's Progress
Don't throw off on Hebe when Shebe, maybe, only fooling thee.Marion's Faith.
In the meantime Iolas comes, whose youth has been restored by Hebe.The Metamorphoses of Ovid
Publius Ovidius Naso
- Greek myth the goddess of youth and spring, daughter of Zeus and Hera and wife of Hercules
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