n. 1 dike: 7. a. A ridge, embankment, long mound, or dam, thrown up to resist the encroachments of the sea, or to prevent low-lying lands from being flooded by seas, rivers, or streams. (Oxford English Dictionary)
n. 2 dyke. Of obscure origin. A lesbian; a masculine woman. Also attrib.
1942 BERREY & VAN DEN BARK Amer. Thes. Slang §405/3 Masculine woman,..dike, dyke.
The spelling DIKE is the proper etymological spelling for the ditch. The spelling DYKE is useful to make the difference clear.
A type of water-stopping dam.
* It does NOT mean we can't find men... nor does it mean that we're BUTCH/masculine.
"How dare you think I'm straight! I'm a DYKE, you idiot!!"
Note: Dyke with a "y" is a lesbian. Dike with an "i" is for damming water.
Hell ya! And I am definitely not missing the Dyke March. Sarah and her girlfriend are riding in the Dykes on Bikes contigent.