lesbian

[ lez-bee-uh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF lesbian

Synonyms for lesbian

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It is called Lesbian love or saphism; and the women inverts are known as tribades.

The style of carving of the cymatium with its astragal should be the Lesbian.

No; then of course she was the tenth—and was not she "the Lesbian maid?"

"Even the Lesbian swan was called the fair-haired," replied Florus.

These years also constitute the golden age of Lesbian culture.

It is noticeable that of the four Lesbian poets three are women.

The lesbian element is treated explicitly and with taste and charm.

In such scenes as these, the Lesbian poets lived and thought of love.

This particular Lesbian was in no humor to be harshly treated.

Plato ate olives and bread only; and the water he drank was scarcely tinged with Lesbian wine.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, "pertaining to the island of Lesbos," from Latin Lesbius, from Greek lesbios "of Lesbos," Greek island in northeastern Aegean Sea (the name originally may have meant "wooded"), home of Sappho, great lyric poet whose erotic and romantic verse embraced women as well as men, hence meaning "relating to homosexual relations between women" (1890; lesbianism in this sense is attested from 1870) and the noun, first recorded 1925. Before this, the principal figurative use (common in 17c.) was lesbian rule (c.1600) a mason's rule of lead, of a type used on Lesbos, which could be bent to fit the curves of a molding; hence, "pliant morality or judgment."

Cf. also tribadism.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR LESBIAN

gay

adjectivehomosexual

homo-sexual

adjectiveone who is attracted to persons of one's own sex

homosexual

adjectivesexually attracted to the same sex
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