selva

[ sel-vuh ]
/ ˈsɛl və /
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noun

a tropical rain forest, as that in the Amazon basin of South America.

Nearby words

  1. sellout,
  2. selma,
  3. selsyn,
  4. seltzer,
  5. seltzer water,
  6. selvage,
  7. selves,
  8. selye,
  9. selznick,
  10. selznick, david o.

Origin of selva

1840–50; < Brazilian Portuguese; Portuguese: forest < Latin silva

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British Dictionary definitions for selva

selva

/ (ˈsɛlvə) /

noun

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 for selva

C19: from Spanish and Portuguese, from Latin silva forest

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