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The word dyke or dike refers to a lesbian, particularly one with masculine or butch traits. The word is commonly considered a derogatory slur, but has been reclaimed and used positively by some lesbians.[1]

Notable nonbinary people who call themselves dykes include Eileen Myles.

In the 2019 Gender Census, 17 people (0.2% percent of respondents) wrote "dyke" as their identity, and one wrote "bulldyke".[2]

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  1. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dyke
  2. Cassian (30 March 2019). "Gender Census 2019 - the public spreadsheet".