noun Etymology: New Latin sylphus Date: 1657 1. an elemental being in the theory of Paracelsus that inhabits air 2. a slender graceful woman or girl • sylphlike adjective

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  • Sylph — (also called sylphid) is a mythological creature in the Western tradition. The term originates in Paracelsus, who describes sylphs as invisible beings of the air, his elementals of air. There is no substantial mythos associated with them. Ancient …   Wikipedia

  • Sylph — Обложка первого номера журнала Sylph. Специализация: манга …   Википедия

  • Sylph — Sylph, n. [F. sylphe, m., fr. Gr. ? a kind of grub, beetle, or moth; so called by Paracelsus.] 1. An imaginary being inhabiting the air; a fairy. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: A slender, graceful woman. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sylph — sylph; sylph·ic; sylph·id; …   English syllables

  • sylph — [sılf] n [Date: 1600 1700; : Modern Latin; Origin: sylphus; probably an invented word] 1.) literary an attractively thin woman 2.) an imaginary female creature who lived in the air, according to ancient stories …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sylph — [ sılf ] noun count 1. ) LITERARY a woman or girl who is thin, delicate, and graceful 2. ) a female spirit in ancient stories who lived in the air …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sylph — 1650s, from Mod.L. sylphes (pl.), coined 16c. by Paracelsus (1493 1541), originally referring to any race of spirits inhabiting the air, described as being mortal but lacking a soul. Paracelsus word seems to be an arbitrary coinage, but perhaps… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sylph — ► NOUN 1) an imaginary spirit of the air. 2) a slender woman or girl. DERIVATIVES sylphlike adjective. ORIGIN Latin sylphes (plural), perhaps from sylvestris of the woods + nympha nymph …   English terms dictionary

  • sylph — [silf] n. [ModL sylphus, coined (prob. by PARACELSUS Philippus Aureolus) < ? L sylva, silva (see SYLVAN) + nympha,NYMPH] 1. in Paracelsus s alchemical system, any of a class of mortal, soulless beings supposed to inhabit the air 2. a slender,… …   English World dictionary

  • sylph — UK [sɪlf] / US noun [countable] Word forms sylph : singular sylph plural sylphs 1) literary a woman or girl who is thin, delicate, and graceful 2) a female spirit in ancient stories who lived in the air …   English dictionary

  • sylph — sylphic, adj. sylphlike, adj. /silf/, n. 1. a slender, graceful woman or girl. 2. (in folklore) one of a race of supernatural beings supposed to inhabit the air. [1650 60; < NL sylphes (pl.), coined by Paracelsus; appar. b. sylva (var. sp. of L… …   Universalium

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