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silvan

[sil-vuh n] /ˈsɪl vən/
adjective, noun
1.
Related forms
silvanity
[sil-van-i-tee] /sɪlˈvæn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun

sylvan

or silvan

[sil-vuh n] /ˈsɪl vən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or inhabiting the woods.
2.
consisting of or abounding in woods or trees; wooded; woody:
a shady, sylvan glade.
3.
made of trees, branches, boughs, etc.
noun
4.
a person dwelling in a woodland region.
5.
a mythical deity or spirit of the woods.
Origin of sylvan
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin sylvānus, spelling variant of silvānus, equivalent to silv(a) forest + -ānus -an
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silvan

/ˈsɪlvən/
adjective
1.
a variant spelling of sylvan

sylvan

/ˈsɪlvən/
adjective
1.
of, characteristic of, or consisting of woods or forests
2.
living or located in woods or forests
3.
idyllically rural or rustic
noun
4.
an inhabitant of the woods, esp a spirit
Word Origin
C16: from Latin silvānus, from silva forest
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Word Origin and History for silvan
adj.

see sylvan.

sylvan

adj.

"of the woods," 1570s; earlier as a noun (1560s), "deity of the woods," from Middle French sylvain, from Latin silvanus "pertaining to wood or forest" (originally only in silvanae "goddesses of the woods"), from silva "wood, forest, grove," of unknown origin. Silvanus was used by the Romans as the proper name of a god of woods and fields, identified with Pan. Spelling with -y- influenced by Greek hyle "forest," from which the Latin word was supposed to derive.

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