sylvan

The adjective sylvan refers to a shady, wooded area. The word suggests a peaceful, pleasant feeling, as though you were far away from the noise of modern life.

As a noun, sylvan means a being that inhabits the woods. The Roman god of woods and fields was known as Silvanus, sometimes also known as the half-man, half-goat sylvan called Pan. Shakespeare’s character Puck, in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," seems based on a sylvan, and other authors used the image as well. The adjectival use of the Middle French word sylvain evolved in the mid-16th century. The word is most often used today to describe an idyllic wooded area.

Definitions of sylvan
1

adj relating to or characteristic of wooded regions

“a shady sylvan glade”
Synonyms:
silvan
wooded
covered with growing trees and bushes etc

n a spirit that lives in or frequents the woods

Synonyms:
silvan
Type of:
disembodied spirit, spirit
any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings

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