Origin of sylvan
Examples from the Web for sylvan
The ground-birds began building, and at four each morning awoke Annie with their sylvan opera.A Mountain Woman and Others|(AKA Elia Wilkinson) Elia W. Peattie
It is more truly sylvan than any other—sylvan in the old Greek sense, so elusive and shy it is, so mysterious.In the Open|Stanton Davis Kirkham
The road was a pleasant one, firm and dry, with trim grass edgings and sylvan seats on either side.A Tramp's Wallet|William Duthie
No sylvan dell in Arcady could have been lovelier than the spot.A Knight of the Cumberland|John Fox Jr.
The walk through the sylvan part of the glen, tortuous, and rarely on level ground, brings many beautiful wild–flowers into view.Country Rambles, and Manchester Walks and Wild Flowers|Leo H. Grindon
Word Origin 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.