Entry from US English dictionary
Of matter; material. The opposite of psychic (sense 2 of the adjective).
- To know and live by only one tradition is, by that very fact, to be exposed as hylic.
- Further, it should be made clear that the anaphoric is the repetitive aspect of the poetic text while the hylic is its material specificity.
- So Musashi died of his hylic self on the tree.
Mid 19th century: via late Latin from Greek hulikos, from hulē 'matter'.
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