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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SAPPHIC, a. saf'ic. Pertaining to Sappho, a Grecian poetess; as sapphic odes; Sapphic verse. The Sapphic verse consists of eleven syllables in five feet, of which the first, fourth and fifth are trochees, the second a spondee, and the third a dactyl, in the first three lines of each stanza, with a fourth consisting only of a dactyl and a spondee.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: a meter used by Sappho and named after her
2: of or relating to or characterized by homosexual relations between woman [syn: lesbian, sapphic]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Date: 1501 1. capitalized of or relating to the Greek lyric poet Sappho 2. of, relating to, or consisting of a 4-line strophe made up of chiefly trochaic and dactylic feet 3. lesbian 2 II. noun Date: 1586 1. a verse having the metrical pattern of one of the first three lines of a sapphic strophe 2. a sapphic strophe

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. 1 of or relating to Sappho, poetess of Lesbos c.600 BC, or her poetry. 2 lesbian. --n. (in pl.) (sapphics) verse in a metre associated with Sappho. Etymology: F saphique f. L Sapphicus f. Gk Sapphikos f. Sappho

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sapphic Sap"phic, a. [L. Sapphicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? Sappho.] 1. Of or pertaining to Sappho, the Grecian poetess; as, Sapphic odes; Sapphic verse. 2. (Pros.) Belonging to, or in the manner of, Sappho; -- said of a certain kind of verse reputed to have been invented by Sappho, consisting of five feet, of which the first, fourth, and fifth are trochees, the second is a spondee, and the third a dactyl.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sapphic Sap"phic, n. (Pros.) A Sapphic verse.

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