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n. Archaic
A woman who rubs her vulva against another woman for sexual pleasure; a lesbian.

[French, from Latin tribas, tribad-, from Greek, from trībein, to rub; see tribology.]

trib′a·dism n.


a lesbian, esp one who practises tribadism
[C17: from Latin tribas, from Greek tribein to rub]
tribadic adj
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tribade - a female homosexualtribade - a female homosexual      
butch, dike, dyke - (slang) offensive term for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
gay, homo, homophile, homosexual - someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex
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Cada una de estas categorias tiene a su vez una contraparte: en el caso de la primera se le opone una categoria anormal / masculina/ pasiva, representada por el cinaedus, y la otra, en relacion con las mujeres, anormal/ femenina/ activa cuyas representantes son las tribades y las moechae.
An example is Henri Cantel's "Les Tribades," which is reproduced in the extensive "Annexes" found at the end of the book.
The Night of the Tribades, Per Olov Enquist; trans: Ross Shideler; dir: Henryk Baranowski.
23] As Hariette Andreadis has suggested, early modern discourse often accommodated female same-sex erotics by representing "exoticized female erotics" as disrupting "the classically derived notions of the transgressions of tribades as the English understood them" (7).
David Halperin discovered an antiquity populated by molles (effeminate men) and tribades (masculine women), and George Chauncey's early 20th-century gay New York City was a world that had a place for "trade," "husbands," "wolves," "fairies," "third-sexers," and "punks.
As such one of the most resonant early critical successes of the transition to democracy was Fabia Puigserver's staging of Per Olov Enquist's 1975 play The Night of the Tribades for Barcelona's Teatre Lliure in 1978 (revived in 1999).
Premier acte du synode nocturne des Tribades, Lemanes, Unelmanes, Propetides a la ruine des biens, vie, et honneur de Calianthe.
Related is the identification of women who were not tribades as "chaste femmes," a phrase that invokes the feminine half of the modern butch/femme dyad.
The figures who desire or are desired constitute a rich ancient taxonomy, including, among others, the erastes (an older male lover); the eromenos (his willing but not passionate younger male beloved); the kinaidos (typically the male who perversely desires to be sexually penetrated "like a woman"); the gunaikes (citizen-wives), hetaera (courtesans) and pornae (common prostitutes); and the tribades (females who perversely perform sexual acts on other women "like a man").