Origin of Sapphic
Examples from the Web for sapphic
They would later be dubbed a “bloodthirsty” “lesbian she-wolf pack” and—most famously—“a seething, Sapphic septet.”‘Out in the Night’ and the Redemption of the ‘Killer Lesbian Gang'|Nina Strochlic|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No doubt she's sitting in her sapphic palace cackling on her money.
The game has a long history in media and popular culture, and its depictions have hardly all been Sapphic.
She never summered in soft Sapphic seas, nor hankered after poetic Leucadian promontories.Unicorns|James Huneker
On the other hand, we can find scarcely an ode in the Sapphic or Alcaic metre, which does not clearly betray its modern origin.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy|Jacob Burckhardt
It may be considered introductory to his poem entitled The Church (Sapphic verse and sundry other metres).Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama|E. Cobham Brewer
It is a good rhythmical name, fitting excellently into the middle of a lesser Sapphic strophe; why should not Sappho use it?The Circus, and Other Essays and Fugitive Pieces|Joyce Kilmer
The hypnotic vibrations of the Sapphic thrill were affected by a new series, striking them in like phases.Yellowstone Nights|Herbert Quick
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).