Sapphic

Sapphic

[saf-ik]
adjective
1.
pertaining to Sappho or to certain meters or a form of strophe or stanza used by or named after her.
2.
Lesbian ( def 2 ).
noun
3.
a Sapphic verse.

Origin:
1495–1505; < Latin sapphicus < Greek sapphikós, equivalent to Sapph() Sappho + -ikos -ic

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Sapphic (ˈsæfɪk)
 
adj
1.  prosody denoting a metre associated with Sappho, consisting generally of a trochaic pentameter line with a dactyl in the third foot
2.  of or relating to Sappho or her poetry
3.  lesbian
 
n
4.  prosody a verse, line, or stanza written in the Sapphic form

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Sapphic
1501, from Fr. saphique, from L. Sapphicus, from Gk. Sapphikos "of Sappho," in ref. to Sappho, poetess of the isle of Lesbos c.600 B.C.E. Especially in reference to her characteristic meters; sense of "pertaining to sexual relations between women" is from 1890 (see lesbian).
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