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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 12:00:00 AM
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feral

(adjective) Of or suggestive of a wild animal.

Synonyms: savage

Usage: The mugger's feral scowl was terrifying enough to make me empty my pockets without hesitation.
Adyl Mouhei
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“We spent June and July in the Rockies, growing stronger, feeling feral in the untamed range of mountains.”


― Aspen Matis
thar
Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 8:01:07 AM

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feral - from Norman French
from late Latin ferus = wild, untamed

also the source of
fierce (from Old French fers )
ferocious, ferocity (looks + wild)


savage - from French from Latin. 'of the forest'.

From Middle English savage,
from Old French sauvage, salvage (“wild, savage, untamed”),
from Late Latin salvaticus,
alteration of Latin silvaticus (“wild"; literally, "of the woods”),
from silva (“forest", "grove”).

(eg Scottish wildcat has scientific name Felis sylvestris.)


wild - from Old English from Germanic
also seems to be 'of the forest' but the etymology is a bit shakier!

From Middle English wild, wilde,
from Old English wilde,
from Proto-Germanic *wilþijaz,
from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (“hair, wool, grass, ear (of corn), forest”).
Cognate with West Frisian wyld, Dutch wild, German wild, Danish vild, Swedish vild, Norwegian vill, Icelandic villtur.

In Icelandic it means wild, savage, barbarian. But it also means lost, confused. So it is that which is outside the known experience.

Quote:
Erum við villt?
Are we lost?


Quote:
villuráfandi adj indecl
erring, stray, lost
[ráfa = to wander, roam




In English the 'wild' has lost that meaning, but it persists in
bewilder, = confuse; 'make wild'.
Bewildered = mentally lost, confused








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Emel Rapchan
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Ajike Omooba
Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 12:34:48 PM

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Having returned to an untamed state from domestication.
coag
Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:07:30 PM

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thar wrote:
feral - from Norman French
from late Latin ferus = wild, untamed

also the source of
fierce (from Old French fers )
ferocious, ferocity (looks + wild)


savage - from French from Latin. 'of the forest'.

From Middle English savage,
from Old French sauvage, salvage (“wild, savage, untamed”),
from Late Latin salvaticus,
alteration of Latin silvaticus (“wild"; literally, "of the woods”),
from silva (“forest", "grove”).

(eg Scottish wildcat has scientific name Felis sylvestris.)


wild - from Old English from Germanic
also seems to be 'of the forest' but the etymology is a bit shakier!

From Middle English wild, wilde,
from Old English wilde,
from Proto-Germanic *wilþijaz,
from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (“hair, wool, grass, ear (of corn), forest”).
Cognate with West Frisian wyld, Dutch wild, German wild, Danish vild, Swedish vild, Norwegian vill, Icelandic villtur.

In Icelandic it means wild, savage, barbarian. But it also means lost, confused. So it is that which is outside the known experience.

Quote:
Erum við villt?
Are we lost?


Quote:
villuráfandi adj indecl
erring, stray, lost
[ráfa = to wander, roam




In English the 'wild' has lost that meaning, but it persists in
bewilder, = confuse; 'make wild'.
Bewildered = mentally lost, confused


Thanks for your comments, thar.

Transylvania (Wikipedia mentions "Ultrasylvania", too, as a name in the past)
Pennsylvania
Sylvia
Sylvester

Schwarzwald (Black Forest, in Germany)

Strangely enough, Transylvania in German is Siebenbürgen (seven castles).
thar
Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 2:14:36 PM

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More sylvan trivia -the element tellurium was originally called sylvanium after Transylvania where it was found. Later it was given the name tellurium after tellus, Latin for earth.

Quote:
Zlatna (German: Klein-Schlatten, Kleinschlatten, Goldenmarkt; Hungarian: Zalatna; Latin: Ampellum) is a town in Alba County, central Transylvania, Romania. It has a population of 7,490.

Points of interest
220 metres high chimney, interconnected with a smoke duct with a copper smelter (not in use any more) in the town.


A gold mining settlement has existed in the area since Roman times, when it was known as a municipium under the name of Ampellum. The name Zlatna (derived from the Slavic term for gold) was first recorded in a 1347 document. In 1387, it was awarded town status. During 1619-1620 Gabriel Bethlen, brought to Zlatna a few hundred German and Slovak settlers for mining work. Tellurium was first discovered in a Zlatna mine in 1782 by Austrian mineralogist Franz-Joseph Müller von Reichenstein.



It was he who called it sylvanium, I think. The name tellurium was suggested by the chemist who analysed it, Martin Heinrich Klaproth. Compounds of tellurium are tellurides.

Whch is why there is a famous ski town in Colorado, USA, called Telluride, because it was a mining town.
If the element had been named sylvanium, then they might have called the town Sylvanide. Whistle
JustKen
Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 4:55:06 PM
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A more nuanced meaning in English of feral describes an animal that was previously domesticated but has gone wild. Thus, we can talk about feral cats and feral dogs, not limited to other animals.
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