selva

[ sel-vuh ]
/ ˈsɛl və /
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noun

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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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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