Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) small dun-colored North American flycatcher
  2. (noun, person) (Greek mythology) a Titaness who became identified with Artemis as goddess of the Moon
  3. (noun, quantity) the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one

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Alternate forms of Phoebe

Hypernyms: digit, figure, flycatcher, new world flycatcher, tyrant bird, tyrant flycatcher

Origin of the word Phoebe

  1. small N.Amer. flycatcher, pewit, 1700, phebe, so called in imitation of its cry; spelling alt. 1839 by influence of the woman's proper name (see Phoebe). more
  2. fem. proper name, 1390, originally a name of Artemis as the goddess of the moon, from Gk. phoibos "bright, pure," of unknown origin. Masc. form Phoebus was an epithet of Apollo as sun-god (late 14c.). more

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Words that sound like Phoebe

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