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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.

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Origin of Sapphic

First recorded in 1495–1505; from Latin sapphicus, from Greek sapphikós, equivalent to Sapph(ṓ) the name of a famous Greek poet (see Sappho) + -ikos adjective suffix; see -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for Sapphic

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
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noun

prosody a verse, line, or stanza written in the Sapphic form
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