One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large tableland region of NW Romania, separated from the rest of the country by the Carpathian Mountains and the Transylvanian Alps. Part of Hungary until it became a principality of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century, it was returned to Hungary at the end of the 17th century and was incorporated into Romania in 1918.
Based on Latin trans ‘across, beyond’ + silva ‘forest’.
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