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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Definitions for sylvan

  1. of, relating to, or inhabiting the woods.
  2. consisting of or abounding in woods or trees; wooded; woody: a shady, sylvan glade.
  3. made of trees, branches, boughs, etc.

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Citations for sylvan
The scene thrills one like military music!…wide grass-carpeted avenues that branched hither and thither in every direction and wandered to seemingly interminable distances, walled all the way on either side with compact ranks of leafy trees whose branches met above and formed arches as faultless and as symmetrical as ever were carved in stone; and here and there were glimpses of sylvan lakes with miniature ships glassed in their surfaces. Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad; or, The New Pilgrim's Progress, 1869
…they passed through the village, and entered the park gate of Braithwaite Hall, pursuing a winding road through its beautiful scenery, which realized all that Redclyffe had read or dreamed about the perfect beauty of these sylvan creations, with the clumps of trees or sylvan oaks, picturesquely disposed. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Doctor Grimshawe's Secret, 1882
Origin of sylvan
Sylvan derives from the Latin term for "forest," sylva. It entered English in the mid-1500s.
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