- of Sappho
- [oftens-] designating or of certain meters or a form of stanza or strophe used by or named after Sappho, esp. a stanza of three lines, of five or six stresses each, followed by a short line
- [sometimess-] lesbian (adjective)
Origin of SapphicClassical Latin Sapphicus from Classical Greek Sapphikos from Sapph?
[oftens-] a Sapphic verse
Of or relating to lesbianism.
Origin of sapphicAfter Sappho known for her homoerotic poetry
- 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.
- Relating to the Greek poetess Sappho from Lesbos or her poetry.
- (poetry) Of a certain kind of verse reputed to have been invented by Sappho, consisting of five metrical feet, of which the first, fourth, and fifth are trochees, the second is a spondee, and the third a dactyl.
- Alternative capitalization of sapphic: relating to lesbianism; lesbian.
From Ancient Greek Î£Î±Ï€Ï†ÏŽ (SapphÅ, “the Greek poet") + -ic.