For a male, if you are enumerating your sexual conquests, you might refer to it as your priapic conquests:

The pirates joined on deck and exchanged stories on their own priapic conquests.

Is there a lesbian equivalent of this phrase? Something like:

The lesbians joked about their "priapic conquests" (i.e., all the women they had slept with) while they were sizing up their next opponent.


I'm going to keep it simple and say sexual conquests.

This terminology while not as flowery conveys the exact sense of what you mean.

If you really want it to be lesbian and flowery, then try sapphic.

Sapphic refers to the Greek poet Sappho born on the isle of Lesbos. The term has come to be synonymous with lesbian sexuality.

I think the priapic concept is lost when describing the sexuality of women because of the lack of necessity for an erection for sexual activity.

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    Not fond of the digressions in the answer, but +1 for sapphic. – Bradd Szonye Feb 23 '14 at 21:43
  • @BraddSzonye the digression is necessary to make sure we're not comparing apples to oranges. But, I'll delete the last bit. Too controversial. – David M Feb 23 '14 at 21:45
  • Thanks! By the way, while women may not require an erection the same way that males do, sexual activity still generally requires arousal. Or ouch. – Bradd Szonye Feb 23 '14 at 21:48
  • @BraddSzonye Well, I'm neither a virgin nor an animal!!!! ;-) – David M Feb 23 '14 at 21:56

I was also going to recommend aphroditic, since the origin of priapic is from Priapus, a Greek fertility god.

Also, because priapic is essentially synonymous with phallic you could substitute with, the female equivalent, "yonic".


There are some possibilities, but none fit extremely well. The reason is historical: Priapus was a minor Greek god of various things, among them male virility; he was "marked by his absurdly oversized, permanent erection". There is no real female equivalent of Priapus because society was more patriarchal, and vivid female sexuality was not seen as virtuous.

The closest female equivalents to Priapus would be Aphrodite or Venus, but neither of them really invoke the connotation you want. Direct references to genitalia (e.g. "labial conquests" as another answer put it) seem too vulgar and awkward to really work well in prose.

For your purposes, I would suggest nymphic, which has strong connotations of sexual virility and promiscuity among females.


For starters, you ask for a feminine equivalent in your question, but the original phrase does not necessarily (and in the case of pirates, is unlikely to) refer to same-sex-encounters.

Now, the word priapic originates from the name of a minor Greek god, who was know for his, let's say, outspokenly present and continuously active masculinity.

One option would be to find a female equivalent, and the one that comes to mind is Aphrodite or Venus.

The adjective for Venus is venereal, but I doubt venereal conquests would have any positive ring to it, because of the common association with venereal diseases. You could try aphroditic conquests, maybe.

Alternatively, you could look for something more physical, as priapic is a direct hint at the erect penis. Although some parts of a female body may become erect, I am not sure that those erections evoke the same image or impact as the priapic one. However, you could throw in (an allusion to) some other parts of the female anatomy.

Labial conquest comes to mind, but it might mean that they relatively innocently kissed someone. Vulvic conquests would be an option I guess, descriptive of the kind of conquest. You could play around with adjectives based on less formal nouns for the female anatomy, but I will leave that up to your own imagination and what you see fit for the context.

  • There is no "common association with veneric diseases", as there are no veneric diseases. I think you're referring to venereal diseases. – Erick G. Hagstrom Sep 4 '15 at 20:36
  • @ErickG.Hagstrom Good point :) – oerkelens Sep 5 '15 at 21:04
  • Alternatives to venereal: Venusian is a more common adjective for Venus, at least in my experience. Venerean seems more in line with Latin principles. And then there's Cytherean, created by Astronomers and since fallen into disuse. – Erick G. Hagstrom Sep 5 '15 at 21:39

Cytherean is another good Classical term.

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