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1. Of or relating to the Greek poet Sappho.
a. Of, relating to, or being a verse characteristic of Sappho, containing 11 syllables and consisting of a trochee, a spondee or trochee, a dactyl, a trochee, and a spondee or trochee.
b. Relating to or being a stanza of three such verses followed by a verse consisting of a dactyl followed by a spondee or trochee.
c. Relating to or being an ode made up of such stanzas.
d. Of, relating to, or being a verse, stanza, or poem in accentual-syllabic meter composed in imitation of Sapphic quantitative verse.
A Sapphic meter, verse, stanza, or ode.
Of or relating to lesbianism.
[After Sappho, known for her homoerotic poetry.]
sap′phism (săf′ĭz′əm) adj.
sap′phist n. & adj.
1. (Poetry) prosody denoting a metre associated with Sappho, consisting generally of a trochaic pentameter line with a dactyl in the third foot
2. (Poetry) of or relating to Sappho or her poetry
(Poetry) prosody a verse, line, or stanza written in the Sapphic form
1. pertaining to Sappho or to certain meters or a form of strophe or stanza used by or named after her.
3. a Sapphic verse.
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|Adj.||1.||Sapphic - a meter used by Sappho and named after her|
|2.||sapphic - of or relating to or characterized by homosexual relations between woman|
homosexual - sexually attracted to members of your own sex