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Sappho

[saf-oh] /ˈsæf oʊ/
noun
1.
c620–c565 b.c, Greek poet, born in Lesbos.
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  • There was Rhodopis, for instance, who married the brother of Sappho.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • He calls her his silent Sappho, but I fancy Odalisque is a better name for her.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • And has my little Margy-wargles forgotten what Sappho said of an old maid?

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • It represented a recumbent Sappho playing on a nine-stringed lyre.

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
  • The princess raised her eyes involuntarily to the Sappho over the mantelpiece.

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
  • I send you a few specimens of my work, with a Dedication to the Shade of Sappho.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • I've thought it all out and decided that I shall be the American Sappho.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • Did ever passion heat words to incandescence as it did those of Sappho?

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • We asked this same gentleman if he had read the new edition of Sappho's poems.

    Second Book of Tales

    Eugene Field
British Dictionary definitions for Sappho

Sappho

/ˈsæfəʊ/
noun
1.
6th century bc, Greek lyric poetess of Lesbos
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Sappho in Culture
Sappho [(saf-oh)]

An ancient Greek poet known for her love lyrics.

Note: The word lesbian is derived from the island of Lesbos, the birthplace of Sappho, who was a homosexual.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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