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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.
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(ɪˈfiːb; ˈɛfiːb)
(Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a youth about to enter full citizenship, esp one undergoing military training
[C19: from Latin ephēbus, from Greek ephēbos, from hēbē young manhood]
eˈphebic adj
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(ɪˈfib, ˈɛf ib)

a young man, esp. an ephebus.
[1690–1700; < Latin ephēbus < Greek éphēbos=ep- ep- + -hēbos, derivative of hḗbē manhood]
e•phe′bic, adj.
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nEphebe m
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Recent scholarship suggests that the choral dancing was performed by ephebes (young men) in their athletic prime and resembled "aesthetically elevated" military maneuvers (Winkler 22-23).
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