A woman who engages in sexual activity involving genital contact with other women; (hence generally) a lesbian. Compare "tribade", rubster . Formerly also: †a female prostitute (obsolete).
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Ben Jonson (?1573–1637), poet and playwright. From post-classical Latin fricatric-, fricatrix from classical Latin fricāt-, past participial stem of fricāre to rub + -trīx.