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 Syl’logism.Sylvam Lignum Ferre (In). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Sylphs,
 
according to Middle Age belief, are the elemental spirits of air; so named by the Rosicrucians and Cabalists, from the Greek silph (a butterfly or moth). (See GNOMES.)   1
   Sylphs. Any mortal who has preserved inviolate chastity may enjoy intimate familiarity with these gentle spirits. All coquettes at death become sylphs, “and sport and flutter in the fields of air.”   2
       
“Whoever, fair and chaste,
Rejects mankind, is by some sylph embraced.”
       
Pope: Rape of the Lock, i.
 


 Syl’logism.Sylvam Lignum Ferre (In). 

 
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