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Pewee \Pe"wee\, n. [So called from its note.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) A common American tyrant flycatcher ( Sayornis ph[oe]be, or Sayornis fuscus). Called also pewit, and ph[oe]be.

  2. The woodcock. [Local, U.S.]

    Wood pewee (Zo["o]l.), a bird ( Contopus virens) similar to the pewee (See Pewee, 1), but of smaller size.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

fem. proper name, late 14c., originally a name of Artemis as the goddess of the moon, from Latin Phoebe, from Greek phoibos "bright, pure," of unknown origin. The fem. form of Phoebus, an epithet of Apollo as sun-god.


small North American flycatcher, pewit, 1700, phebe, so called in imitation of its cry; spelling altered (1839) by influence of the woman's proper name Phoebe.


alt. Any of several birds of the genus ''Sayornis''. n. Any of several birds of the genus ''Sayornis''.


The word Phoebe could mean any of the following.

Phoebe (moon)

Phoebe (; Greek: Phoíbē) is an irregular satellite of Saturn with a mean diameter of 213 km. It was discovered by William Henry Pickering on 17 March 1899 from photographic plates that had been taken starting on 16 August 1898 at the Boyden Observatory near Arequipa, Peru, by DeLisle Stewart. It was the first satellite to be discovered photographically.

Phoebe was the first target encountered upon the arrival of the Cassini spacecraft in the Saturn system in 2004, and is thus unusually well-studied for an irregular satellite of its size. Cassini's trajectory to Saturn and time of arrival were specifically chosen to permit this flyby. After the encounter and its insertion into orbit, Cassini did not go much beyond the orbit of Iapetus.

Phoebe is roughly spherical and has a differentiated interior. It was spherical and hot early in its history and was battered out of roundness by repeated impacts. It is thought to be a captured planetesimal from the Kuiper belt.

Phoebe (computer)

The Phoebe 2100 (or ) was to be Acorn Computers' successor to the Risc PC, slated for release in late 1998. However in September 1998 Acorn cancelled the project as part of a restructuring of the company.

Phoebe (bird)

The genus Sayornis is a small group of medium-sized insect-eating birds, known as phoebes, in the tyrant flycatcher family Tyrannidae. The genus name Sayornis is constructed from the specific part of Charles Lucien Bonaparte's name for Say's phoebe, Muscicapa saya, and Ancient Greek ornis, "bird". The English Phoebe is a name for the Roman moon-goddess Diana.

Phoebe (mythology)

In ancient Greek religion, Phoebe ( Greek: Φοίβη Phoibe), was one of the original Titans, who were one set of sons and daughters of Uranus and Gaia. She was traditionally associated with the moon (see Selene), as in Michael Drayton's Endimion and Phœbe (1595), the first extended treatment of the Endymion myth in English. Her consort was her brother Coeus, with whom she had two daughters, Leto, who bore Apollo and Artemis, and Asteria, a star-goddess who bore an only daughter Hecate. Given the meaning of her name and her association with the Delphic oracle, Phoebe was perhaps seen as the Titan goddess of prophecy and oracular intellect.

Through Leto, Phoebe was the grandmother of Apollo and Artemis. The names Phoebe and Phoebus (masculine) came to be applied as synonyms for Artemis and Apollo respectively (as well as for Selene and Helios).

According to a speech that Aeschylus, in Eumenides, puts in the mouth of the Delphic priestess herself, she received control of the Oracle at Delphi from Themis: "Phoebe in this succession seems to be his private invention," D. S. Robertson noted, reasoning that in the three great allotments of oracular powers at Delphi, corresponding to the three generations of the gods, "Ouranos, as was fitting, gave the oracle to his wife Gaia and Kronos appropriately allotted it to his sister Themis."

In Zeus' turn to make the gift, Aeschylus could not report that the oracle was given directly to Apollo, who had not yet been born, Robertson notes, and thus Phoebe was interposed. These supposed male delegations of the powers at Delphi as expressed by Aeschylus are not borne out by the usual modern reconstruction of the sacred site's pre-Olympian history.

Phoebe (plant)

Phoebe is a genus of evergreen trees and shrubs belonging to the Laurel family, Lauraceae. There are approximately 100 species in the genus, distributed in tropical and subtropical Asia and neotropical America. 35 species occur in China. The first description of the genus was of the type species P. lanceolata made in 1836 by Christian Gottfried Daniel Nees von Esenbeck in Systema Laurinarum, p. 98.

Phoebe (name)
Phoebe (given name)

Phoebe or Phebe is a female given name , feminine form of the male name Phoebus, meaning "bright and shining" deriving from Greek 'Phoebus' .

In Greek mythology Phoibe was a Titan associated with the moon. This was also an epithet of her granddaughter Artemis. A moon of Saturn bears this name in honour of the Titan. This name also appears in the Paul's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament, where it belongs to a female minister in the church at Kechries.

Phoebe (biblical figure)

Phoebe ( Koine Greek ) was a first-century Christian woman mentioned by the Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Romans, verses . A notable woman in the church of Cenchreae, she was trusted by Paul to deliver his letter to the Romans. In writing to the church that almost surely met in her home, Paul refers to her both as a deacon (Gk. diakonon masc.) and as a helper or patron of many (Gk. prostatis). This is the only place in the New Testament where a woman is specifically referred to with these two distinctions. Paul introduces Phoebe as his emissary to the church in Rome and, because they are not acquainted with her, Paul provides them with her credentials.

Phoebe's exceptional character, noted by her status as a deacon and prostatis—one who should be esteemed highly "because of their work"— may be the reason Paul sent her to Rome where she delivered the letter to Rome. By referring to Phoebe as a prostatis, Paul solicits the attention and respect of the leaders in Rome's church, which also included other women, namely Prisca/(Priscilla), Mary, Junia, and Tryphena, Tryphosa, and Persis .

Phoebe (Leucippid)

In Greek mythology, '''Phoebe ''' was a daughter of Leucippus and Philodice. She and her sister Hilaera are commonly referred to as Leucippides (that is, "daughters of Leucippus").

Phoebe and Hilaera were priestesses of Athena and Artemis, and betrothed to Idas and Lynceus, the sons of Aphareus. Castor and Pollux were charmed by their beauty and carried them off. When Idas and Lynceus tried to rescue their brides-to-be they were both slain, but Castor himself fell. Pollux persuaded Zeus to allow him to share his immortality with his brother.

Phoebe married Pollux and bore him a son, named either Mnesileos or Mnasinous.

Phoebe (magazine)

Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art is a literary journal based at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and first published in 1971. It publishes one print issue and one online issue each year in addition to running annual contests in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The journal has served as a space for up-and-coming writers, whose style, form, voice, and subject matter demonstrate a vigorous appeal to the senses, intellect, and emotions of readers. According to the Phoebe constitution, "We insist on openness, which means we welcome both experimental and conventional prose and poetry, and we insist on being entertained, which means the work must capture and hold our attention, whether it be the potent language of a poem or the narrative mechanics of a short story."

Phoebe (beetle)

Phoebe is a genus of longhorn beetles of the subfamily Lamiinae, containing the following species:

  • Phoebe alba Martins & Galileo, 2004
  • Phoebe bicornis (Olivier, 1795)
  • Phoebe cava (Germar, 1824)
  • Phoebe concinna White, 1856
  • Phoebe cornuta (Olivier, 1795)
  • Phoebe fryana Lane, 1966
  • Phoebe goiana Lane, 1966
  • Phoebe luteola Bates, 1881
  • Phoebe mafra Martins & Galileo, 1998
  • Phoebe mexicana Bates, 1881
  • Phoebe nivea Lacordaire, 1872
  • Phoebe ornator (Tippmann, 1960)
  • Phoebe phoebe (Lepeletier & Audinet-Serville, 1825)
  • Phoebe spegazzinii Bruch, 1908
  • Phoebe subalbaria Belon, 1896
  • Phoebe tinga Martins & Galileo, 1998

Usage examples of "phoebe".

The time involved was about half an hour, between seven-fifteen, when Phoebe Gunther left the baby carriage and its contents, including the monkey wrenches, with Boone in the room, and around seven forty-five, when Alger Kates discovered the body.

The hallucination of Barbas disappears and Phoebe sees Paige lying there unconscious.

Well then, Phoebe nannied some boys in the north for a while, and then the Cryer boy when his mother left when they first came here, that would be five years ago.

He was good at what he did, Equus told me, but he drank too much and had beaten Phoebe cruelly on several occasions.

But Cuno, apparently, had not been too drunk to remember what Equus had sworn to do to him if he ever maltreated Phoebe again.

They were beached on a wide mud flat at the confluence of Ophion and the river Arges, near the center of Phoebe.

They were called Clumsy, Trowneer, Phoebe, Colle, Gerland, Talbot, Luath, Luffra, Apollon, Orthros, Bran, Gelert, Bounce, Boy, Lion, Bungey, Toby and Diamond.

Clumsy, Trowneer, Phoebe, Colle, Gerland, Talbot, Luath, Luffra, Apollon, Orthros, Bran, Gelert, Bounce, Boy, Lion, Bungey, Toby, Diamond and Cavall were not pet dogs: they were the Forest Sauvage Hounds, no subscription, two days a week, huntsman the master.

I had them take off the quills, and put on some of those Phoebe Simms gave me from her peacocks.

Blandford Park with a letter from him to her ladyship, warning her that when he returned at the end of the week Salford would be accompanying him, she instantly sent for Phoebe to her dressing room.

Now, the long and the short of it is, Salford, that Phoebe and I were dashed well kidnapped!

The Lazerus demon uses his telekinetic powers on Leo and he flies across the room, knocking over Phoebe.

Then Arthur and Phoebe hurried into view and jumped into the Jeep, which tinnily turned on and jounced down the drive.

At this picture of the cattle inside the wagon, and the jackals supping on cold Hottentot alongside, Phoebe, who had no more humor than a cat, but a heart of gold, shut up, and turned red with confusion at her false estimate of the recent transaction in fur.

Phoebe pictured Maeve, sitting in regal splendor amid her pillows and her billet-doux, opining on the imbecility of love.