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Word Origin and History for aphra


fem. proper name, apparently from a misunderstanding of Hebrew bebheth 'Aphrah "in the house of Aphrah" (Mi. i:10), in which Aphrah probably is the name of a town, not a person. [Klein]

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  • So I sent Mrs. Aphra Behn, curiously sealed up, with 'private and confidential' on the packet, to my gay old grand-aunt.

    Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume 6

    John Gibson Lockhart

  • In this there is some injustice against Mrs. Centlivre, for whose name should be supplied that of Aphra Behn.

  • Her life and adventures in Surinam Aphra has herself realistically told in that wonderfully vivid narrative, Oroonoko.

  • But Aphra Behn's talents brought her a more substantial reward than fame.

  • Mrs. Aphra Behn was the first Englishwoman who adopted literature as a regular profession.