[Ads-l] "lesbian" from 1808

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Mon Mar 20 10:43:09 EDT 2017

I note that the OED has "lesbian (not fully updated), adj., sense 2, "...relating to sexual relations between women", only from 1890.  Under "Sapphic", Draft additions September 2016, it has 1808:

1808   Edinb. Med. & Surg. Jrnl. 4 477   The disease seldom proceeds so far except in women who have indulged in Sapphic and Lesbian habits.


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