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selva

[sel-vuh]
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noun
  1. 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

Historical Examples

  • 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  • Among other things, he has withdrawn the Selva affair from the Congregation of the Index.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


British Dictionary definitions for selva

selva

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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