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or silvan

[sil-vuh n] /ˈsɪl vən/
of, relating to, or inhabiting the woods.
consisting of or abounding in woods or trees; wooded; woody:
a shady, sylvan glade.
made of trees, branches, boughs, etc.
a person dwelling in a woodland region.
a mythical deity or spirit of the woods.
Origin of sylvan
1555-65; < Latin sylvānus, spelling variant of silvānus, equivalent to silv(a) forest + -ānus -an Unabridged
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  • 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
  • At least not new and not unaccustomed, but new and unaccustomed there, in this sylvan retreat.

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

    For Woman's Love Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Often, on a hot day, have I resorted to this sylvan retreat.

    A Handful of Stars Frank W. Boreham
  • 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
  • Beyond the last cabin they entered a sylvan world all their own.

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

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • He lived more intensely than any other member of the sylvan household.

    The Cursed Patois Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • 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.

  • One word more, and the opening chapter of a sylvan Iliad might have begun.

British Dictionary definitions for sylvan


of, characteristic of, or consisting of woods or forests
living or located in woods or forests
idyllically rural or rustic
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

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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