A mainly dark green and blue hummingbird, the male of which has a long forked tail.
Other Word Forms of Sylph
Origin of Sylph
New Latin sylpha perhaps blend of Latin sylvestris of the forest (from silva, sylva forest) Latin nympha nymph nymph
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
First attested in 1657. From New Latin sylphes, coined by Paracelsus in the 16th century. The coinage may derive from sylva and nympha.
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