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

1840–50; < Brazilian Portuguese; Portuguese: forest < Latin silva Unabridged
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selva (ˈsɛlvə)
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
[C19: from Spanish and Portuguese, from Latin silva forest]

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