Definition of selva in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈselvə/


A tract of land covered by dense equatorial forest, especially in the Amazon basin.
Example sentences
  • This picturesque land is divided into three main geographic regions: the costa, along the South Pacific; the sierra, or highlands of the Andes mountains; and the selva, or jungle, in the east.
  • It varies from the Amazon selva to the Andes high peaks.
  • Dictionaries suggest selva, ‘forest,’ or deserto, ‘desert,’ but both fall short of the mark.


Mid 19th century: from Spanish or Portuguese, from Latin silva 'woods'.

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