Silvanus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin Silvanus, a Latin cognomen, from silva (forest). The name Silas, from the early Christian apostle, was Latinised as Silvanus by Paul.

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Silvanus

  1. (Roman mythology) A god of forest.
  2. (biblical) A companion of Paul, also called Silas.
  3. A male given name, more often spelled Sylvanus, but never popular in either form.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1611, Bible (Authorized, or King James, Version)[1]: 1 Peter 5: 12:
    By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From silva (forest) +‎ -ānus (from, of the). The name Silas, from the early Christian apostle, was Latinised as Silvānus by Paul. Transliterated into Ancient Greek as Σιλουανός (Silouanós).

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Proper noun[edit]

Silvānus m (genitive Silvānī); second declension

  1. (religion) A deity presiding over woods and all places planted with trees, the god of woods.
  2. Silvanus; a Roman cognomen, or surname

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative Silvānus Silvānī
genitive Silvānī Silvānōrum
dative Silvānō Silvānīs
accusative Silvānum Silvānōs
ablative Silvānō Silvānīs
vocative Silvāne Silvānī

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References[edit]

  • Silvanus in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879