- 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 selvas
At last the Selvas came to the Purús River, and down this it steamed.Lost in the Wilds of Brazil
James H. Foster
The Selvas spent the winter in Rome, the rest of the year at Subiaco.
I wished to speak to you when we were on our way to the Selvas', but you were in haste to be there, and so it was not possible.
She and Signorina d'Arxel, wishing to surprise the Selvas, had forbidden him to tell.
He said he would also send him the young girl who was with the Selvas.
- 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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