Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology The goddess Artemis.
  • n. The moon.
  • n. The satellite of Saturn that is 14th in distance from the planet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Lauraceae — an evergreen tree.
  • proper n. A female given name.
  • proper n. A Titan, the daughter of Uranus and Gaia. She became associated with Artemis, goddess of the moon.
  • proper n. The 14th moon of Saturn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
  • n. (Greek mythology) a Titaness who became identified with Artemis as goddess of the Moon
  • n. small dun-colored North American flycatcher

Etymologies

Middle English phebe, from Latin Phoebē, from Greek Phoibē, from feminine of phoibos, shining.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek Φοίβη (phoibe) (Wiktionary)
Ancient Greek Φοίβη, feminine form of Φοῖβος (Phoebus, "bright"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Phoebe, Phoebe_; after which he shot down into the top of a tree, and with a lively flirt of his tail took up again the same eloquent theme.

    Birds in the Bush

  • Rehberg and one of the practice's surgeons, Dr. John Bagnato, were so astonished that they started sending out anonymous faxes to business and community leaders with what they called "Phoebe Factoids."

    News

  • Her owners set up a webcam a few years ago and now Phoebe is one of the most popular birds on the Internet.

    Hummingbird webcam: I know what I’ll be doing today! « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • Roald decided not to go to Norway, but to join Liccy, her girls, and a friend of theirs called Phoebe Berens, in Minorca.

    Storyteller

  • The Phoebe is a great trout spoon, especially when it's retrieved erratically.

    50 Great Lures by Field & Stream's John Merwin

  • Who just happened to be logged into my other gmail account with the alias Phoebe King.

    Many Seizures, a TIA, resting

  • Saturn's moon Phoebe is an object from the outer solar system.

    August 2005

  • This weekend the probe flew by an outer retrograde moon, Phoebe, and based on stunning pictures unspooling today it seems Phoebe is an ice rich body, perhaps even a captured comet!

    Boing Boing: June 13, 2004 - June 19, 2004 Archives

  • I called Phoebe and we got ready together and drank shots and danced around to Madonna before the party.

    Number 6 Fumbles

  • She never talks about the ranch much, or even worries about whether Phoebe is keeping the windows washed.

    The Ranch at the Wolverine

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