American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Roman Mythology A god of forests, fields, and herding.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Roman rural deity. He is usually represented with a sickle in his right hand and a bough in his left, and is described as the protector of herds from wolves and of trees from lightning, and a patron of agriculture in general, and as the defender of boundaries.
- n. A genus of clavicorn beetles, of the family Cucujidæ, consisting of small, slender species with five-jointed tarsi in both sexes, the fourth joint very small, and antennal joints from nine to eleven, abruptly enlarged. It contains about 25 species, several of which are cosmopolitan. They live under the bark of trees or in stored food-products. S. surinamensis is found all over the world, feeding on many kinds of drugs, all stored farinaceous products, etc.
- n. Roman mythology A god of forest.
- n. biblical A companion of Paul, also called Silas.
- n. A male given name, more often spelled Sylvanus, but never popular in either form.
- n. (Roman mythology) god of woods and fields and flocks; Pan is the Greek counterpart
- Latin Silvanus, from silva ("forest"). (Wiktionary)
“Silvanus is contracted into Silas (Ac 15: 22; compare 1Pe 5: 12). in him was yea -- Greek, "is made yea in Him"; that is, our preaching of the Son of God is confirmed as true in Him (that is, through Him; through the miracles wherewith He has confirmed our preaching) [Grotius]; or rather, by the witness of the Spirit which He has given”
“Here is the third, now known as Silvanus and belonging to Kirk Nabob, as photographed by Wellington Bahram”
“Kirk Nabob came to the rescue of the forest that is today known as Silvanus, and has preserved it with great care.”
“The clue to the mystery is perhaps to be found in the cult-title Silvanus which we find in the prayer set down by Cato as proper for the protection of the cattle when they are on their summer pasture (_in silva_): "Marti”
“Eusebius (VIII, xiii) calls Silvanus, at the period of the great persecution, bishop, not of Emesa, but of "the churches round Emesa".”
“Selvans assuredly comes from Latin Silvanus which is in turn formed from a Latin word silva "forest" and that would help explain why he does not appear in Greek mythological scenes, right?”
“But nothing is known of him beyond what is here said. and Silas -- the same as "Silvanus" in the Epistles.”
“Nineteen-year-old Silvanus Shannon, 16-year-old Eric Carson and 18-year-old Eugene Riley were charged as adults with first degree felony murder, said Tandra Simonton, spokesperson for the Cook County States Attorney.”
“The conversation between Falco and Silvanus in Caesar's Bar grew directly from that idea: it gave me the city based on archaeological fact but with a human context.”
“From left, Eugene Riley, Silvanus Shannon and Eugene Bailey have been charged with murder of 16 year old Derrion Albert.”
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