Female homosexuality. Named after the poet Sappho who lived on the Greek island of Lesbos (circa 600 BC). She was a lesbian by geography and sexual orientation. Also called lesbianism.
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SYN: lesbianism. [Sappho, homosexual Greek poet, queen of the island of Lesbos]

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sap·phism 'saf-.iz-əm n LESBIANISM

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sap·phism (safґiz-əm) [Sappho, Greek poetess, about 600 B.C.] homosexuality between women; lesbianism.

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  • Sapphism — [saf′iz΄əm] n. [sometimes s ] female homosexuality Sapphist n …   English World dictionary

  • sapphism — noun Etymology: Sappho + ism; from the belief that Sappho was homosexual Date: circa 1890 lesbianism …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sapphism — sapphist, n. /saf iz euhm/, n. lesbianism. [1885 90; SAPPH(O) + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • sapphism — noun /ˈsæf.ɪzm̩/ lesbianism; female homosexuality Syn: lesbianism …   Wiktionary

  • sapphism — Synonyms and related words: active algolagnia, algolagnia, algolagny, amphierotism, autoeroticism, bisexuality, coprophilia, exhibitionism, fetishism, heterosexuality, homoeroticism, homosexualism, homosexuality, incest, incestuousness,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • sapphism — n. lesbianism, homosexuality between women (named after the poet Sappho) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sapphism — [ safɪz(ə)m] noun formal or humorous lesbianism …   English new terms dictionary

  • sapphism — sap·phism …   English syllables

  • sapphism — sap•phism [[t]ˈsæf ɪz əm[/t]] n. female homosexuality • Etymology: 1885–90 sap′phist, n …   From formal English to slang

  • sapphism — The state of being lesbians …   Grandiloquent dictionary

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