Sapphic

[ saf-ik ]
/ ˈsæf ɪk /
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adjective

pertaining to Sappho or to certain meters or a form of strophe or stanza used by or named after her.

noun

a Sapphic verse.

Origin of Sapphic

1495–1505; < Latin sapphicus < Greek sapphikós, equivalent to Sapph(ṓ) Sappho + -ikos -ic
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Sapphic

/ (ˈsæfɪk) /

adjective

prosody denoting a metre associated with Sappho, consisting generally of a trochaic pentameter line with a dactyl in the third foot
of or relating to Sappho or her poetry
lesbian

noun

prosody a verse, line, or stanza written in the Sapphic form
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Word Origin and History for sapphic

Sapphic


adj.

c.1500, "of or pertaining to Sappho," from French saphique, from Latin Sapphicus, from Greek Sapphikos "of Sappho," in reference to Sappho, poetess of the isle of Lesbos c.600 B.C.E. Especially in reference to her characteristic meter; sense of "pertaining to sexual relations between women" is from 1890s (cf. lesbian).

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