Phoebe definition

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The moon personified.
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(person, proper, old poet.) The moon personified.
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Any of several insectivorous songbirds of the genus Sayornis of the Americas, noted for the flicking motion of the tail.
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(greek mythology) The goddess Artemis.
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A satellite of Saturn.
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Any of a genus (Sayornis) of tyrant flycatchers with a grayish or brown back.
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(name, person, proper) A feminine name.
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(gr. myth., person, proper) Artemis as goddess of the moon: identified with the Roman Diana.
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(place, proper) The small outermost satellite of Saturn, having an unusual retrograde orbit.
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Any of several birds of the genus Sayornis.
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A female given name.
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(Greek mythology) A Titan, goddess of the moon, sister-wife of Coeus, and daughter of Uranus and Gaia.
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(Greek mythology) An epithet and synonym for Selene; Phoebe Selene, after her maternal aunt, Phoebe (see above).
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(Greek mythology) An epithet and synonym for Artemis; Phoebe Artemis, after her maternal grandmother, Phoebe (see above).
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(astronomy) The 14th moon of Saturn.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of phoebe - phebe, phoeb

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
phoebe
Plural:
phoebes

Origin of phoebe

  • Middle English phebe from Latin Phoebē from Greek Phoibē from feminine of phoibos shining

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Imitative of its song (influenced by the name Phoebe)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Ancient Greek Φοίβη (PhoibÄ“), feminine form of Φοῖβος (Phoebus, “bright").

    From Wiktionary