phoebe

[ fee-bee ]
/ ˈfi bi /

noun

any of several small American flycatchers of the genus Sayornis, especially S. phoebe, of eastern North America.

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Origin of phoebe

1690–1700, Americanism; imitative; spelling by influence of Phoebe

Definition for phoebe (2 of 2)

Phoebe
[ fee-bee ]
/ ˈfi bi /

noun

Classical Mythology. a Titan, daughter of Uranus and Gaia and mother of Leto, later identified with Artemis and with the Roman goddess Diana.
Astronomy. one of the moons of Saturn.
Literary. the moon personified.
a female given name.

Origin of Phoebe

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English Phebe, Phebee, from Latin Phoebē, from Greek Phoíbē, feminine of phoîbos “shining, radiant, bright”; see Phoebus
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British Dictionary definitions for phoebe (1 of 3)

phoebe
/ (ˈfiːbɪ) /

noun

any of several greyish-brown North American flycatchers of the genus Sayornis, such as S. phoebe (eastern phoebe)

Word Origin for phoebe

C19: imitative of the bird's call

British Dictionary definitions for phoebe (2 of 3)

Phoebe1

Phebe

/ (ˈfiːbɪ) /

noun

classical myth a Titaness, who later became identified with Artemis (Diana) as goddess of the moon
poetic a personification of the moon

British Dictionary definitions for phoebe (3 of 3)

Phoebe2
/ (ˈfiːbɪ) /

noun

the outermost satellite of the planet Saturn. It has retrograde motion and a dark surface
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