[ sel-vuh ]
/ ˈsɛl və /
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a tropical rainforest, as that in the Amazon basin of South America.
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Origin of selva
First recorded in 1840–50; from Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese: literally “forest,” from Latin silva; see origin at silva
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How to use selva in a sentence
The Urabs, 'en las selvas y bosques de la Provincia de Urab.'The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 1|Hubert Howe Bancroft
Probably, as Catholics, the Selvas would not wish this man who had fled from the world to return to it.
The Selvas, with two mules for the ladies, had left Jenne soon after him, thinking to overtake him on the hillside.
He retired to Subiaco, stayed with the Selvas, who were spending the summer there, and fell seriously ill.
The Selvas themselves were captivated by the fascination of this woman, so superior, so beautiful, so gentle and sad.
British Dictionary definitions for selva
/ (ˈsɛlvə) /
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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