[ hee-bee ]

  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

Words Nearby hebe

Other definitions for Hebe (2 of 3)

[ heeb ]

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

Origin of Hebe

First recorded in 1930–35; shortening of Hebrew

Other definitions for Hebe (3 of 3)

[ hee-bee ]

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

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How to use hebe in a sentence

  • Craney was about forty years old at the time of the hebe Maitland's loss, and Sadler about the same.

    The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
  • But on the hebe Maitland the men were running around with paint pots and hauling out canvas from below.

    The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
  • He'd been the wildest of us all in the hebe Maitland days, and always acted youthful for his years.

    The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
  • I thought of Clyde and that odd talk in the cabin of the hebe Maitland, where all my deep-sea goings began.

    The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
  • As for the hebe and the Naiad, they had vanished in the northern board, and as yet there were no signs of their return.

    A Middy of the King | Harry Collingwood

British Dictionary definitions for Hebe


/ (ˈhiːbɪ) /

  1. Greek myth the goddess of youth and spring, daughter of Zeus and Hera and wife of Hercules

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