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Sylvan

sylvan
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.
See: silvan.
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)
Origin: L. Sylvanus, better Silvanus. See Silvan.
(Science: chemistry) A liquid hydrocarbon obtained together with furfuran (tetrol) by the distillation of pine wood.
Synonym: methyl tetrol, or methyl furfuran.
Origin: Sylva – furfuran.


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