[lez-bos, -bohs; Greek lez-vaws]
Greek Lés·vos [lez-vaws] /ˈlɛz vɔs/.
- a contemptuous term used to refer to a lesbian.
Origin of lesbo
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Examples from the Web for lesbos
Barbarossa himself was born in Lesbos, probably of a Greek mother.The Story of the Barbary Corsairs
Archias had gone with Daphne to the island of Lesbos, his mother's native city.Arachne, Complete
Issa is said to have been settled by people from Lesbos, the Issa of the Aegean.
Lesbos seems to have taken the lead in this "higher education."Aristotle and Ancient Educational Ideals
From Chios to Lesbos is a voyage of about 400 stadia, with a south wind.
- an island in the E Aegean, off the NW coast of Turkey: a centre of lyric poetry, led by Alcaeus and Sappho (6th century bc); annexed to Greece in 1913. Chief town: Mytilene. Pop: 90 642 (2001). Area: 1630 sq km (630 sq miles)Modern Greek name: Lésvos Former name: Mytilene
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Word Origin and History for lesbos
by 1940, colloquial shortening of lesbian.
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