selva

[ sel-vuh ]
/ ˈsɛl və /

noun

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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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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