Origin: ModL sylphus, coined (prob. by Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus) < ? L sylva, silva (see sylvan) + nympha, nymph
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Origin: New Latin sylpha
Origin: , perhaps blend of Latin sylvestris, of the forest (from silva, sylva, forest)
Origin: and Latin nympha, nymph; see nymph.
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