hebe

[ hee-bee ]
/ ˈhi bi /
|

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. hebdomadal,
  2. hebdomadal council,
  3. hebdomadally,
  4. hebdomadary,
  5. hebdomal,
  6. hebei,
  7. hebephrenia,
  8. hebephrenic,
  9. heber,
  10. heber, reginald

Origin of hebe

< New Latin (1789), apparently after Hebe

Hebe

1
[ heeb ]
/ hib /

noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term used to refer to a Jew.

Origin of Hebe

1
First recorded in 1930–35; shortening of Hebrew

Hebe

2
[ hee-bee ]
/ ˈhi bi /

noun

Classical Mythology. a goddess of youth and spring, the daughter of Zeus and Hera, and wife of Hercules.
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Examples from the Web for hebe

  • Children don't require 'cream of roses' and 'Hebe bloom' and—and all that sort of thing, you know—to get 'emselves up.

    Molly Bawn|Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for hebe

Hebe

/ (ˈhiːbɪ) /

noun

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
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