from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Sappho fl. c. 600 B.C. Greek lyric poet considered one of the greatest poets of antiquity although only fragments of her romantic lyrics survive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Trochilidae.
  • proper n. An Ancient Greek female name, particularly borne by a poetess from Lesbos who lived between 630 and 570 BC (exact dates unknown).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of brilliant South American humming birds of the genus Sappho, having very bright-colored and deeply forked tails; -- called also firetail.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A humming-bird with a long forked tail, Sappho sparganura.
  • n. [capitalized] A genus of such Trochilidæ; the comets. See comet, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the Greek lyric poet of Lesbos; much admired although only fragments of her poetry have been preserved (6th century BC)


From Ancient Greek Σαπφώ (Sapphō). (Wiktionary)


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