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Sapphic

[saf-ik] /ˈsæf ɪk/
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 of Sapphic
1495-1505
1495-1505; < Latin sapphicus < Greek sapphikós, equivalent to Sapph() Sappho + -ikos -ic
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  • Its essence is flavored with the day and lyric trail of the Sapphic students.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • He forgot all about Sappho, but the Sapphic vibrations went on increasingly.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
  • She never summered in soft Sapphic seas, nor hankered after poetic Leucadian promontories.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • The influence of the Sapphic legend, I fancy, not alone because of the sweet inversion.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • The Asclepiadeian stanza he employs much less frequently, the Sapphic only once, and that with indifferent success.

  • Erinna and Damophyla study together the composition of Sapphic metres.

    Greek Women Mitchell Carroll
  • Lesbian, or Sapphic love is, so Taxel claims, prevalent to an enormous degree among the fashionable ladies of Paris.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
British Dictionary definitions for Sapphic

Sapphic

/ˈsæfɪk/
adjective
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
noun
4.
(prosody) a verse, line, or stanza written in the Sapphic form
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Word Origin and History for Sapphic
adj.

c.1500, "of or pertaining to Sappho," from French saphique, from Latin Sapphicus, from Greek Sapphikos "of Sappho," in reference to Sappho, poetess of the isle of Lesbos c.600 B.C.E. Especially in reference to her characteristic meter; sense of "pertaining to sexual relations between women" is from 1890s (cf. lesbian).

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