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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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Examples from the Web for sylvan
Historical Examples
  • Did the great god Pan yet live, in truth, and did he make merry o' summer nights in sylvan court and viney bower?

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • But now the scene is changed: Peace crowns the sylvan shade.

  • "Perhaps he did not like to mix up sentiment with business," kindly suggested sylvan.

    For Woman's Love Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Yet without this self-knowledge there may be a sylvan strength and integrity in that which he is.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • sylvan scenes, with a dash of human savagery in the foreground, form the best relief for a too-extended assimilation of books.

    Mystery Ranch Arthur Chapman
  • At least not new and not unaccustomed, but new and unaccustomed there, in this sylvan retreat.

  • There are woods and waters, and the occasional illusion of an illimitable distance of sylvan joyance.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • Often, on a hot day, have I resorted to this sylvan retreat.

    A Handful of Stars Frank W. Boreham
  • Its bounds are small; but it is an indivisible part of a hill-side so secret and sylvan, that it might be the haunt of the roe.

  • Beyond the last cabin they entered a sylvan world all their own.

    Judith of the Cumberlands Alice MacGowan
British Dictionary definitions for 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 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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sylvan in Technology


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