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East of downtown is the sylvan hamlet of Fort Salonga.
Winding sylvan trails in the small reserves allow birders to approach these normally elusive birds up close.
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park The Big Sur River carves its way through peaks and forests, creating a sylvan setting for the 62 rooms and cottages of the Big Sur Lodge.
Time has seen tree roots overtake the stonework, and the resulting sylvan maze is equal parts post-apocalyptic fantasy and a sobering reminder of our humanity.
Zobel doesn’t wish to inadvertently damage what remains of Hambach, the last remnant of a sylvan ecosystem that has occupied this part of the Rhine River plain between Aachen and Cologne since the end of the last ice age.
What the scientists were talking about in their sylvan hideaway was how to build a machine that could think.
By morning, like a sylvan Cinderella, its white petals wilt before the sun ever gets a shot at a kiss.
Leave a Note Anantara’s superb setting on a sylvan hillside above the Mekong River, an hour north of Chiang Rai, is not the only reason to love this 63-room hotel.
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See The Forest And the Trees With sylva
In Latin, sylva means "wood" or "forest," and the related Sylvanus is the name of the Roman god of the woods and fields—a god sometimes identified with the Greek god Pan. These words gave rise to English sylvan in the 16th century. The English word was first used as a noun meaning "a mythological deity of the woods," eventually taking on the broader meaning "one who frequents the woods." The adjective sylvan followed soon after the noun and is now the more common word. Some other offspring of sylva (which can also be spelled silva) include silviculture ("a branch of forestry dealing with the development and care of forests"), sylvatic (a synonym of sylvan that can also mean "occurring in or affecting wild animals"), and the first name Sylvia.
SYLVAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sylvan for English Language Learners
: having a lot of woods or trees
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