[ saf-oh ]

  1. c620–c565 b.c., Greek poet, born in Lesbos.

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British Dictionary definitions for Sappho


/ (ˈsæfəʊ) /

  1. 6th century bc, Greek lyric poetess of Lesbos

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Cultural definitions for Sappho


[ (saf-oh) ]

An ancient Greek poet known for her love lyrics.

Notes for Sappho

The word lesbian is derived from the island of Lesbos, the birthplace of Sappho, who was a homosexual.

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