Sylph meaning

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In Paracelsus's alchemical system, any of a class of mortal, soulless beings that inhabit the air.
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A slender, graceful woman or girl.
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A slim, graceful woman or girl.
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In the occult philosophy of Paracelsus, a being that has air as its element.
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(mythology) An invisible being of the air.
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The elemental being of air, usually female.
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A slender woman or girl, usually graceful and sometimes with the implication of sublime station over everyday people.
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A mainly dark green and blue hummingbird, the male of which has a long forked tail.
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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.

    From Wiktionary