- the god of forests and uncultivated land, later worshiped under three aspects, as the protector of the house, of the herds, and of the boundaries of the farm.
- (lowercase) any of a number of forest spirits, identified with fauns.
Origin of Silvanus
From Latin; see origin at sylvan
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- a variant spelling of Silvanus
- Roman myth the Roman god of woodlands, fields, and flocksGreek counterpart: Pan
Word Origin for Silvanus
Latin: from silva woodland
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Roman deity, from Latin, literally "pertaining to woods or forest" (see sylvan).
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