A tract of land covered by dense equatorial forest, especially in the Amazon basin.‘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.’
- ‘Some were transients, headed north after spending the winter in the monte and selva of Mexico, Central America and South America.’
Mid 19th century from Spanish or Portuguese, from Latin silva ‘wood’.
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