from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A youth between 18 and 20 years of age in ancient Greece.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A young man, especially an 18-20 year old in ancient Greece undergoing military training.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek antiquity, particularly at Athens, a young man, the son of a citizen, between the ages of 18 and 20.
- n. A genus of lichens having the thallus small and branched and composed chiefly of the algal element. The apothecia are small and round. The species are few and occur on wet rocks and earth.
Latin ephēbus, from Greek ephēbos : ep-, epi-, epi- + hēbē, early manhood.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Latin, from Greek εφηβος (επι- + ήβη ‘early manhood’). (Wiktionary)