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sapphic

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adjective sap·phic \ˈsa-fik\

Simple Definition of sapphic

  • : of or relating to sexual relations between women

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sapphic

  1. 1 capitalized :  of or relating to the Greek lyric poet Sappho

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or consisting of a 4-line strophe made up of chiefly trochaic and dactylic feet

  3. 3 :  lesbian 2

1501

First Known Use of sapphic

1501


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sapphic

noun sap·phic

Definition of sapphic

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

  2. 2 :  a sapphic strophe



1586

First Known Use of sapphic

1586

Rhymes with sapphic


Medical Dictionary

sapphic

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adjective or noun sap·phic \ˈsaf-ik\

Medical Definition of sapphic



Biographical Note for sapphic

Sappho

\ˈsaf-(ˌ)ō\play (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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