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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Definitions for sylph

  1. A slender, graceful woman or girl.
  2. (In folklore) one of a race of supernatural beings supposed to inhabit the air.

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Citations for sylph
The sylph had been as slender as a willow, with long silver hair and eyes like the dark between the stars. Jenna Reynolds, Kiss of Honor
Ben was frantic. He lifted the stricken sylph in his arms and held her close against him Terry Brooks, Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold!
Origin of sylph
1650-1660
Sylph was coined by Paracelsus. It is a blend of sylva, which meant "forest" in Latin, and the Greek word nymph.
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