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fem. proper name, apparently from a misunderstanding of Hebrew bebheth ‘Aphrah “in the house of Aphrah” (Mi. i:10), in which Aphrah probably is the name of a town, not a person. [Klein]
Historical Examples

In this there is some injustice against Mrs. Centlivre, for whose name should be supplied that of aphra Behn.
Their Majesties’ Servants (Volume 2 of 3) John Doran

Her life and adventures in Surinam aphra has herself realistically told in that wonderfully vivid narrative, Oroonoko.
The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) Aphra Behn

aphra now appears on Mrs. Behns gravestone, and is the accepted form.
The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) Aphra Behn

But aphra Behn’s talents brought her a more substantial reward than fame.
Woman’s Work in English Fiction Clara Helen Whitmore

When Colin entered, Miss aphra cast her eyes momentarily up, and half blushed as she resumed her sewing.
Colin Clink, Volume II (of III) Charles Hooton

Mrs. aphra Behn was the first Englishwoman who adopted literature as a regular profession.
A Critic in Pall Mall Oscar Wilde

And probably he did not mean the stigma which might be inferred from the conjunction of “aphra and Orinda.”
A Letter Book George Saintsbury

As in aphra Behn’s case, nothing Mrs. Manley ever wrote as drama or fiction could equal the events of her own life.
The Female Wits Anonymous

So I sent Mrs. aphra Behn, curiously sealed up, with ‘private and confidential’ on the packet, to my gay old grand-aunt.
Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume 6 John Gibson Lockhart

Of these, three are now forgotten; one, aphra Behn, is remembered only to be despised for her vulgarity.
The Wit of Women Kate Sanborn


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