silvan

[ sil-vuh n ]
/ ˈsɪl vən /
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adjective, noun


Nearby words

  1. silures,
  2. silurian,
  3. silurid,
  4. silva,
  5. silvadine,
  6. silvana,
  7. silvanity,
  8. silvanus,
  9. silvassa,
  10. silver

Related formssil·van·i·ty [sil-van-i-tee] /sɪlˈvæn ɪ ti/, noun

sylvan

or sil·van

[ sil-vuh n ]
/ ˈsɪl vən /

adjective

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.

noun

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

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British Dictionary definitions for silvan

silvan

/ (ˈsɪlvən) /

adjective

a variant spelling of sylvan

sylvan

silvan

mainly poetic

adjective

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

noun

an inhabitant of the woods, esp a spirit

Word Origin for sylvan

C16: from Latin silvānus, from silva forest

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