1. any of various shrubs and trees belonging to the genus Hebe, of the figwort family, native mostly to New Zealand, having evergreen leaves and clusters or spikes of white, pink, or purple flowers.

noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Jew.


  1. Classical Mythology. a goddess of youth and spring, the daughter of Zeus and Hera, and wife of Hercules.


  1. Greek myth the goddess of youth and spring, daughter of Zeus and Hera and wife of Hercules

c.1600, Greek goddess of youth, daughter of Zeus and Hera, wife of Hercules, from Greek hebe “youth, youthful prime, strength of youth” (legally, “the time before manhood,” in Athens 16, in Sparta 18), from PIE *yeg-wa- “power, youth, strength.”


derogatory word for “a Jew,” 1932, shortened from Hebrew

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