sylvan 1560s, "deity of the woods," from M.Fr. sylvain, from L. silvanus "pertaining to wood or forest" (originally only in silvanae "goddesses of the woods"), from silva "wood, forest, grove," of unknown origin. Adjective meaning "of the woods" is attested from 1570s. 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 Gk. hyle "forest," from which the Latin word was supposed to derive.

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  • Sylvan — or Silvan refers to an association with the woods. Specifically, that which inhabits the wood, is made of tree materials, or comprises the forest itself. The term can also refer to a person who resides in the woods or a spirit of the wood. [cite… …   Wikipedia

  • Sylvan — est un groupe de néo prog allemand fondé en 1991 sous le nom Chamäleon puis renommé en 1995. Sommaire 1 Biographie 2 Formation 3 Ex membres 4 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • sylvan — is more common than silvan as the (chiefly poetic) word for ‘wooded’ or ‘rural’, despite its origin in the Latin word silva meaning ‘wood’. It is nearly always used attributively • amid scenes of sylvan beauty A. Wainwright, 1990 • He sits in a… …   Modern English usage

  • Sylvan — Syl van, a. [See {Silvan}, a.] 1. Of or pertaining to a sylva; forestlike; hence, rural; rustic. [1913 Webster] The traditional memory of a rural and a sylvan region . . . is usually exact as well as tenacious. De Quincey. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sylvan — Allgemeine Informationen Gründung 1991 als „Chamäleon“ Website Gründungsmitglieder …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • sylvan — [sil′vən] n. [Fr sylvan, forest deity < L Silvanus < silva, forest, prob. < IE * (k)selwa > Gr xylon, wood] one who lives in the woods adj. 1. of or characteristic of the woods or forest 2. living or found in the woods or forest 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • Sylvan — Syl van, n. [L. Sylvanus, better Silvanus. See {Silvan}, a.] A fabled deity of the wood; a satyr; a faun; sometimes, a rustic. [1913 Webster] Her private orchards, walled on every side, To lawless sylvans all access denied. Pope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sylvan — Syl van, 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}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sylvan — (Min.), so v.w. Tellur …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Sylvan — Sylvan, s. Tellur …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Sylvan — Sylvan, Sylvian Variante von → Silvan (Bedeutung: Wald) …   Deutsch namen

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