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[saf-oh] /ˈsæf oʊ/
c620–c565 b.c, Greek poet, born in Lesbos. Unabridged
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  • Why go to church, he demanded, merely in order to read Sappho?

    The Voyage Out Virginia Woolf
  • I send you a few specimens of my work, with a Dedication to the Shade of Sappho.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Such is its appearance in the writings ot Anacreon, of Horace, and in the two fragments of Sappho.

  • I've thought it all out and decided that I shall be the American Sappho.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • Nothing proves better the preference which has always existed for this beautiful flower than the thoughts expressed by Sappho.

    Parsons on the Rose Samuel Browne Parsons
  • There was Rhodopis, for instance, who married the brother of Sappho.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • And he took the Sappho from the Prytaneum, the work of Silanion!

    Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • The princess raised her eyes involuntarily to the Sappho over the mantelpiece.

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
  • Sappho, fair reader, was a poetess, who made love-verses which could be actually scanned.

    The Comic English Grammar Percival Leigh
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 American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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