sylvan

sylvan

[sil-vuhn]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining 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.
Also, silvan.


Origin:
1555–65; < Latin sylvānus, spelling variant of silvānus, equivalent to silv(a) forest + -ānus -an

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sylvan or poetic chiefly silvan (ˈsɪlvən)
 
adj
1.  of, characteristic of, or consisting of woods or forests
2.  living or located in woods or forests
3.  idyllically rural or rustic
 
n
4.  an inhabitant of the woods, esp a spirit
 
[C16: from Latin silvānus, from silva forest]
 
silvan or poetic chiefly silvan
 
adj
 
n
 
[C16: from Latin silvānus, from silva forest]

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sylvan
1565, "deity of the woods," from M.Fr. sylvain, from L. silvanus "pertaining to wood or forest" (originally only in silvanæ "goddesses of the woods"), from silva "wood, forest, grove," of unknown origin. Adj. meaning "of the woods" is attested from 1580. Silvanus was used by the Romans as the proper
name of a god of woods and fields, identified with Pan. Spelling with -y- infl. by Gk. hyle "forest," from which the L. word was supposed to derive.
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