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Meaning of sylvan by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Medieval Latin sylvanus, from Latin Silvanus, god of the woods, from silva, forest .


    • enPR: sĭl'vən, IPA: /ˈsɪlvən/, SAMPA: /"sIlv@n/


    sylvan ( comparative more sylvan, superlative most sylvan )

    1. pertaining to the forest, or woodlands
    2. residing in a forest or wood
    3. wooded, or covered in forest


    sylvan ( plural: sylvans )

    1. One that resides in the woods .

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Explanation of sylvan by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. relating to or characteristic of wooded regions

    2. a shady sylvan glade
    1. a spirit that lives in or frequents the woods

    Definition of sylvan by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Silvan a. [L. silva, less correctly sylva, a wood or grove, perh. akin to Gr. ὕλη; cf. L. Silvanus Silvanus the god of woods: cf. F. sylvain silvan. Cf. Savage.] Of or pertaining to woods; composed of woods or groves; woody. [Written also sylvan.]

      Betwixt two rows of rocks, a silvan scene

      Appears above, and groves forever green. Dryden.

    2. Sylvan a. [See Silvan, a.]
      1. Of or pertaining to a sylva; forestlike; hence, rural; rustic.

      The traditional memory of a rural and a sylvan region . . . is usually exact as well as tenacious. De Quincey.

      2. Abounding in forests or in trees; woody.

    3. Sylvan, n. [L. Sylvanus, better Silvanus. See Silvan, a.] A fabled deity of the wood; a satyr; a faun; sometimes, a rustic.

      Her private orchards, walled on every side,

      To lawless sylvans all access denied. Pope.

    4. Sylvan, n. [Sylva + furfuran.] ( Chem. ) A liquid hydrocarbon obtained together with furfuran ( tetrol ) by the distillation of pine wood; -- called also methyl tetrol, or methyl furfuran.