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selva

[sel-vuh] /ˈsɛl və/
noun
1.
a tropical rain forest, as that in the Amazon basin of South America.
Origin of selva
Brazilian Portuguese
1840-1850
1840-50; < Brazilian Portuguese; Portuguese: forest < Latin silva
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  • 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.

    The Saint Antonio Fogazzaro
  • You asked my permission, to visit a certain selva and his wife.

    The Saint Antonio Fogazzaro
  • The next day he asked me whether I had met selva at Subiaco, and had read his books.

    The Saint Antonio Fogazzaro
  • Among other things, he has withdrawn the selva affair from the Congregation of the Index.

    The Saint Antonio Fogazzaro
  • She embraced Maria and shook hands with selva, who presented di Leyni.

    The Saint Antonio Fogazzaro
  • selva paused; he had the letter in his pocket, and began searching for it.

    The Saint Antonio Fogazzaro
  • selva entered the vestibule, and reappeared a moment later with his wife.

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  • Di Leyn knew of this desire, for selva had mentioned it to him.

    The Saint Antonio Fogazzaro
  • What joy if the Pontiff should forbid the condemnation of selva!

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British Dictionary definitions for selva

selva

/ˈsɛlvə/
noun
1.
dense equatorial forest, esp in the Amazon basin, characterized by tall broad-leaved evergreen trees, epiphytes, lianas, etc
2.
a tract of such forest
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish and Portuguese, from Latin silva forest
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