Lesbian. The term dyke is traditionally derogatory, but many lesbians are attempting a reclamation of the term. There is great disagreement over whether this is wise.
Once known as a derogatory term for lesbians, the word dyke was reclaimed by lesbians in the 1970's as slang, and many lesbians now refer to themselves as dykes.
A derogatory term for lesbians. Some lesbians have chosen to reclaim this term and use it to have positive meaning, especially when saying it in the company of other lesbians and/or GLBT people.