How to Search SilvaTerm

Niels Bruun de Neergaard, Renate Prüller


How do I look for a specific term?

You enter the term into the search form and also specify the language of your term. By clicking on "Search", you will get a list of terms in that specific language that match your search term. Then you can click on the specific term and get the detailed search result (see below).

Note - You can enter a search term or a search text of your choice. If you enter more than one word the words will automatically be linked with a boolean AND. Searching for "forest brown soil" will be the same as searching for "forest and brown and soil".
The search string is always ANY part of the terms. Searching for "forest" returns all terms with "forest" such as "forest garden", "deforestation" and "climax forest". For a narrow search write as much of the word as possible. For a wider search insert a shorter search text.

Why two search options?

The search page presents two search options. The top search allows searches in one language. The result will be a better knowledge of a specific term through the definition or additional information on synonym(s), note on the usage or hyperlink to additional information.

The second search allows to find equivalent terms in other languages. The search result provides first a list of terms in the source language with equivalents in the target language. From there you choose a term in the search or target language of which you want detailed search results.

Explain the Detailed Search Result?

The search result presents the following information*:

Term - A term is a designation of a concept in a particular language. It can also contain multiword expressions.

Short Form - Term resulting from the omission of any part of a term while designating the same concept. Types of abbreviated forms can include: short form, abbreviation, acronym, etc.

Synonym(s) - Any term that represents the same or a very similar concept as the term.

Definition - A statement that describes a concept and permits its differentiation from other concepts.

Note - A note is a remark or any piece of information in an entry, e.g. statements of warning to users that a particular term is overlapping with another one in their conceptual meaning.

Source - Bibliographic information on the source of any piece of information in an entry.

Hyperlink - Hyperlink to another Website where relevant data is available.

IUFRO Unit - Link to the IUFRO Unit which provided information or approved information given in the entry.

Subject Field - An area of human knowledge to which a concept is assigned. May be assigned freely by the originator or according to a common classification scheme or a thesaurus. Is used for retrieval operations with filters, so that all entries on a particular topic can be retrieved by a simple operation.

What are the working languages of SilvaTerm?

As for the SilvaVoc project the priority languages are the four official IUFRO languages (English, French, Spanish, German). For some subject fields there is information available in eight languages: in addition to the above mentioned four languages also in Italian, Portuguese, Hungarian, and Japanese.

For the Japanese language, a parallel database created by SilvaVoc-J is accessible at:

What is the Input Form?

SilvaVoc is grateful for your help in improving the SilvaTerm database. If you click on the 'send form' button at the end of the form, your data will be submitted automatically via e-mail to the SilvaVoc Coordinator. Thank you. You may also use this form to send us comments on your experience with SilvaTerm.



* conformant with ISO FDIS 12620, 1997 (Terminology - Computer Applications - Data Categories)

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