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 (ĕf′ēb′, ĭ-fēb′) also e·phe·bus (ĭ-fē′bəs)
n. pl. e·phebes also e·phe·bi (ĭ-fē′bī)
A youth between 18 and 20 years of age in ancient Greece.

[Latin ephēbus, from Greek ephēbos : ep-, epi-, epi- + hēbē, early manhood.]

e·phe′bic adj.


(ɪˈfi bəs)

n., pl. -bi (-baɪ)
a youth of ancient Greece just entering manhood or commencing training for full Athenian citizenship.
[1885–95; < Latin; see ephebe]
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Quid hoc sibi vellet scite intellexit Ephebus, & motus internos prodidit vultus.
I assigned Drusus and a red-haired lad, Ephebus, to stand guard over the wheelbarrows, fearful that the oryx might overturn them in his late-night meanderings, and then I retired to my tent.
The obvious terror of red-haired Ephebus assured me that I was mistaken.
Ephebus fell silently to his bare knees, his body slumped, moisture staining his pock-marked cheeks.
I approached Ephebus and rested my staff" on his shoulder.
We may find that salt yet," I said aloud--but as much to myself as to Ephebus.
lt;<exulto talis quod potius uenit uesanus, atrox, turbidus armiger, quam si ueniret languidus ac tener mollisque ephebus tinctus aromate, qui me pudoris funere perderet.
In ancient Greece an ephebus was any Athenian youth who entered into a specialized training program in preparation for full citizenship.
Agnese, infine, puo addirittura esultare quando vede arrivare la morte sotto forma di un uesanus, atrox, turbidus armiger che la trafiggera con la spada, perche e meno temibile di un languidus ac tener / mollisque ephebus tinctus aromate che potrebbe attentare alla sua castita: e il boia l'uomo che lei desidera, hic, hic amator iam, fateor, placet perche le aprira la strada al regno dei cieli a cui potra accedere come nupta Christo (32).