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[saf-oh] /ˈsæf oʊ/
c620–c565 b.c, Greek poet, born in Lesbos. Unabridged
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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


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
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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