Main definitions of hebe in English

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hebe1

noun

  • An evergreen flowering shrub with spikes of mauve, pink, or white flowers, native to New Zealand and widely grown as an ornamental.

    • ‘Over three months, the gardeners pulled out the weeds by hand, dug and prepared the ground, and replanted with flowering evergreen shrubs such as hebes and mahonia, for year-round colour and low maintenance.’
    • ‘They were free bits of hebe from public land, grown in free sand from the river, and some old pots that I no doubt scored from somewhere.’
    • ‘We found the netting, and added a cluster of potted hebes and one further laurel to our plant collection, along with three huge plastic sacks of compost and mulch.’
    • ‘The six tapestries she planted come alive with interwoven threads of color and texture from golden boxleaf honeysuckle, lavender, hebe, leatherleaf sedge, and Bowles' golden sedge bordered by dwarf boxwood.’
    • ‘I want some autonomy in the hedge department, and hebes are tough enough to survive on the seafront here, or so I was advised by the darling man with the heavenly garden around the corner.’
    • ‘Some hebes on this track are a rare variety, found only on the Port Hills.’
    • ‘The eclectic garden uses Mexican pebbles as a ground-cover and is punctuated with yellow-blooming kangaroo paws and purple-flowered hebes.’
    • ‘A hebe would also be suitable and there are thousands to choose from; they are not so happy to be pruned, so you would have to choose a small variety.’
    • ‘Roses, honeysuckle and clematis run vigorously together up the pergola, beneath which are hebes, more hostas, hardy geraniums and several magnificent phormiums.’
    • ‘Against the terracotta house walls, lined with white hebe hedges ‘that look absolutely fabulous in late summer’, are places left for plinths.’

Origin

Modern Latin, named after the goddess Hebe (see Hebe).

Pronunciation

hebe

/ˈhiːbi/

Main definitions of hebe in English

: hebe1Hebe2Hebe3

Hebe2

proper noun

  • 1Greek Mythology
    The daughter of Hera and Zeus, and cup-bearer of the gods.

  • 2Astronomy
    Asteroid 6, discovered in 1847 (diameter 192 km).

Origin

From Greek hēbē ‘youth, youthful beauty’.

Pronunciation

Hebe

/ˈhiːbi/

Main definitions of hebe in English

: hebe1Hebe2Hebe3

Hebe3

noun

US
offensive, informal
  • A Jewish person.

Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation of Hebrew.

Pronunciation

Hebe

/hiːb/