There are 2 definitions of phoebe in English:

phoebe

Syllabification: phoe·be
Pronunciation: /ˈfēbē
 
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noun

An American tyrant flycatcher with mainly gray-brown or blackish plumage.
  • Genus Sayornis, family Tyrannidae: three species, in particular the common eastern phoebe (S. phoebe)
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  • I can hear the songs of migrating birds: phoebes, white-throated sparrows, towhees, catbirds, chipping sparrows.
  • I'm thinking a phoebe, purple martin, starling fluttering up, a kingbird, I have no idea what's on the lowest wire, a nuthatch and a robin.
  • Like other phoebes, Say's Phoebes bob their tails.

Origin

early 18th century: imitative; influenced by the name Phoebe.

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There are 2 definitions of phoebe in English:

Phoebe

Syllabification: Phoe·be
Pronunciation: /ˈfēbē
 
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1 Greek Mythology A Titaness, daughter of Uranus (Heaven) and Gaia (Earth). She became the mother of Leto and thus the grandmother of Apollo and Artemis. In the later Greek writers, her name was often used for Selene (Moon).
2 Astronomy A satellite of Saturn, the furthest from the planet and with an eccentric retrograde orbit, discovered in 1898. At a distance of 8 million miles (13 million km) from Saturn, it has a diameter of 137 miles (220 km).

Origin

from Greek Phoibē, literally 'bright one'.

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