Female homosexual. The name "lesbian" comes from the Greek island of Lesbos in the Aegian Sea where in antiquity the women were said to be homosexual. The poet Sappho who lived on Lesbos (circa 600 BC) was a lesbian in both geographic location and sexual orientation.
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1. A female homosexual. 2. Pertaining to homosexuality between women. See gay.

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les·bi·an 'lez-bē-ən adj of or relating to homosexuality between females
lesbian n a female homosexual

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les·bi·an (lezґbe-ən) [Gr. Lesbios of Lesbos, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, home of the poetess Sappho and her followers] 1. pertaining to homosexuality between females. 2. a female homosexual.

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