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[sel-vuh] /ˈsɛl və/
a tropical rain forest, as that in the Amazon basin of South America.
Origin of selva
Brazilian Portuguese
1840-50; < Brazilian Portuguese; Portuguese: forest < Latin silva Unabridged
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  • The next day he asked me whether I had met selva at Subiaco, and had read his books.

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  • He approached selva to bid him good-night, his hand extended.

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  • Lorenzo's selva d'amore and Caccia col falcone might also be mentioned in the same connexion.

  • Among other things, he has withdrawn the selva affair from the Congregation of the Index.

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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
  • What joy if the Pontiff should forbid the condemnation of selva!

    The Saint Antonio Fogazzaro
  • To tha lesta kêmon alle stjurar hiri hjara held bjada, selva fon tha Dena-marka ånd fon-t Flymar.

  • She embraced Maria and shook hands with selva, who presented di Leyni.

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  • Friso sêith that-er nêne prestera ner poppa forsta lyde ne mêi, men ik seg, hi ne mêi nimman lyda as him selva.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for selva


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