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"Tribade : femme qui a de la passion pour une autre femme ; espèce de dépravation particulière aussi inexplicable que celle qui enflamme un homme pour un autre homme."--Diderot dans l'Encyclopédie:

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Tribadism or tribbing, also known by the slang term scissoring, is a form of non-penetrative sex in which a woman rubs her vulva against her partner's body for sexual stimulation. This may involve female-to-female genital contact or a female rubbing her vulva against her partner's thigh, arm or stomach; it can also refer to a masturbation technique in which a woman rubs her vulva against an inanimate object such as a bolster, in an effort to achieve orgasm. The term is most often used in the context of lesbian sex, but is not exclusive to lesbians.


From Latin tribas, from Greek τριβάς, from τρίβειν ‘to rub’


In the sexuality of the ancient Romans, a tribas was a woman who wanted to be an active partner or "top" in intercourse. The Romans did not classify according to homosexuality and heterosexuality. They instead had words for the active partner and the passive one.

Until the 20th century, the term was used to refer to lesbian sexual practices in general. Therefore, lesbians were occasionally called tribades.

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