One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounhumorous, formal
- ‘Of course, it's been a few years since the press first declared that sapphism was no longer subversive but chic, and much of the fuss has subsided.’
- ‘Indeed, Australian researchers recently demonstrated that sapphism among cows may well be caused by environmental pressures and the stress of domestication.’
- ‘Which is why Queensland's finest are on their way to Malaysia - home of the world's only herd of wild cattle - to prove that a carefree life of leisure reduces the incidence of bovine sapphism.’
Late 19th century: from Sappho + -ism.
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