- a tropical rain forest, as that in the Amazon basin of South America.
Origin of selva
1840–50; < Brazilian Portuguese; Portuguese: forest < Latin silva
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Examples from the Web for selva
Was this what lay before the minister of God now in this selva oscura of life?Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
He approached Selva to bid him good-night, his hand extended.
You asked my permission, to visit a certain Selva and his wife.
The next day he asked me whether I had met Selva at Subiaco, and had read his books.
Among other things, he has withdrawn the Selva affair from the Congregation of the Index.
- dense equatorial forest, esp in the Amazon basin, characterized by tall broad-leaved evergreen trees, epiphytes, lianas, etc
- a tract of such forest
C19: from Spanish and Portuguese, from Latin silva forest
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