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selva

[sel-vuh] /ˈsɛl və/
noun
1.
a tropical rain forest, as that in the Amazon basin of South America.
Origin
Brazilian Portuguese
1840-1850
1840-50; < Brazilian Portuguese; Portuguese: forest < Latin silva
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selva

/ˈsɛlvə/
noun
1.
dense equatorial forest, esp in the Amazon basin, characterized by tall broad-leaved evergreen trees, epiphytes, lianas, etc
2.
a tract of such forest
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish and Portuguese, from Latin silva forest
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