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b.youthful strength, vigour, πειρώμενος ἥβης Il.; ἥβηι πεποίθεα Od.
c.legally, ἥβη was the time before manhood, at Athens 16 years of age; at Sparta, 18, so that τὰ δέκα ἀφ᾽ ἥβης were men of 28, τὰ τετταράκοντα ἀφ᾽ ἥβης men of 58, and so on, Xen.: cf. ἔφηβος.
2.metaph. youthful cheer, merriment, δαιτὸς ἥβη Eur.: also youthful passion, fire, spirit, Pind.
3.a body of youth, the youth, Lat. juventus, Aesch. femin. prop. n., Ἥβη, Hebe, daughter of Zeus and Hera, wife of Hercules, Hom.

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