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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Sylviidae — the typical warblers.
  • proper n. A female given name, a popular spelling variant of Silvia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ornithology: A genus of small dentirostral or turdoid oscine passerine birds, typical of the family Sylviidæ; the warblers proper.
  • n. [lowercase] A warbler; a species of the genus Sylvia, or some similar bird.
  • n. In entomology: A genus of dipterous insects.
  • n. A genus of arachnidans.


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  • Philander, Sylvia, and Brilliard) it was not hard for the lover to steal into the longing arms of the expecting _Sylvia_; no fatigues of tedious journeys, and little voyages, had abated her fondness, or his vigour; the night was like the first, all joy!

    Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister

  • Better to call it by its traditional title, since no one else would be able to identify her mother's blue-and-white quilt with the nickname Sylvia and Claudia had given it.

    The Quilter's Legacy

  • She also had a solo hit, under the name Sylvia, in spring of 1973 with her own composition "Pillow Talk."

    NYT > Home Page

  • Sylvia is old, a little crude, a fair distance from fetching, and in need of an extension on her mortgage payments.

    Rabid Rewind: Drag Me to Hell

  • Eva's mother, Sylvia, is the tour guide, and they really do a good job on the whole Hugenot thing, and the "Berch" thing.

    Mungowitz in Deutschland--Day 1

  • Sylvia is loud-mouthed and obnoxious and Jackie is domestic and coarse.

    Doctor Who: Greatest Moments: The Companions

  • Unless Sylvia is a telepath, she will have no more idea what Fred's thoughts are than you know what random passersby in the street are thinking.

    Point of view

  • But Sylvia is still not going to know what happened to Fred in his chapter unless Sylvia was present or unless Fred or another character tells her.

    Point of view

  • Later, during a discussion with National Public Radio senior correspondent and Fox News contributor Juan Williams about the effect of rap on culture, O'Reilly asserted: There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M-Fer, I want more iced tea.'

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • Some days I feel like Sylvia is my surrogate mother, and some days my surrogate sister, which makes Evan my surrogate brother or surrogate nephew.

    Scripting News for 4/10/2007 « Scripting News Annex


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