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tribadism

[trib-uh-diz-uh m]
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noun
  1. lesbianism.

Origin of tribadism

First recorded in 1810–20; tribade + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for tribadism

tribadism

noun
  1. a lesbian practice in which one partner lies on top of the other and simulates the male role in heterosexual intercourse
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Word Origin and History for tribadism

n.

1811, with -ism + tribade (n.), c.1600, "a lesbian," from French tribade (16c.) or directly from Latin tribas, from Greek tribas, from tribein "to rub," from PIE root *ter- "to rub, turn, twist" (see throw). In reference to a specific sexual technique, from 1965.

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