from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the Greek poet Sappho.
- adj. Of, relating to, or being an Aeolic verse of 11 syllables, consisting of a first part of 4 syllables, a central choriamb, and a final part of 3 syllables.
- adj. Relating to or being a stanza of three such verses followed by a verse consisting of a dactyl followed by a spondee or trochee.
- adj. Relating to or being an ode made up of such stanzas.
- adj. Of, relating to, or being a verse, stanza, or poem in accentual meter composed in imitation of Sapphic quantitative verse.
- adj. Of or relating to lesbianism.
- n. A Sapphic meter, verse, stanza, or ode.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Relating to the Greek poetess Sappho from Lesbos or her poetry.
- adj. Alternative capitalization of sapphic: relating to lesbianism; lesbian.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to Sappho, the Grecian poetess.
- adj. 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.
- n. A Sapphic verse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to Sappho, a Greek lyric poetess of Lesbos (about 600 b. c.), famed for the beauty and passionateness of her poems; in prosody, noting various meters used by the poetess Sappho. See phrases below.
- n. A Sapphic verse: used especially of the Lesser Sapphic verse (hendecasyllabic), and, in the plural, of the Lesser Sapphic system.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. a meter used by Sappho and named after her
- adj. of or relating to or characterized by homosexual relations between woman
From Ancient Greek Σαπφώ (Sapphō, "the Greek poet") + -ic. (Wiktionary)