sapphic


1sap·phic

adjective \ˈsa-fik\

: of or relating to sexual relations between women

Full Definition of SAPPHIC

1
capitalized :  of or relating to the Greek lyric poet Sappho
2
:  of, relating to, or consisting of a 4-line strophe made up of chiefly trochaic and dactylic feet
3
:  lesbian 2

First Known Use of SAPPHIC

1501

Rhymes with SAPPHIC

2sapphic

noun

Definition of SAPPHIC

1
:  a verse having the metrical pattern of one of the first three lines of a sapphic strophe
2
:  a sapphic strophe

First Known Use of SAPPHIC

1586

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

Rhymes with SAPPHIC

sap·phic

adjective or noun \ˈsaf-ik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SAPPHIC

Biographical Note for SAPPHIC

Sap·pho \ˈsaf-(ˌ)ō\ (flourished circa 610 BC–circa 580 BC), Greek lyric poet. Sappho was the leading spirit of a coterie of female poets on the Aegean isle of Lesbos. Because of the homosexual themes in her poetry, she herself has traditionally been regarded as homosexual.

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