selva

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See also: Selva and selvä

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish selva, from Latin silva. Doublet of silva.

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selva (plural selvas)

  1. Heavily forested ground in the Amazon basin.

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Asturian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin silva.

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selva f (plural selves)

  1. rainforest

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Occitan [Term?], from Latin silva, from Proto-Indo-European *sel-, *swel- (beam, board, frame, threshold). Compare Occitan selva, Spanish selva, Italian selva.

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selva f (plural selves)

  1. jungle, rainforest

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin silva, from Proto-Indo-European *sel-, *swel- (beam, board, frame, threshold).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsel.va/, [ˈs̪el̺vä]
  • Hyphenation: sél‧va

Noun[edit]

selva f (plural selve)

  1. forest, wood
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno, Le Monnier (1994), Canto I, p. 5, vv. 1-3:
      Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
      mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,
      ché la diritta via era smarrita.
      Midway upon the journey of our life
      I found myself within a forest dark,
      for the straight-forward pathway had been lost.
  2. (by extension, poetic) wood (material), woodland
    • 1374, Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere, Andrea Bettini (1858), p.188, Capitolo XIII:
      [...] e non si trasformasse in verde selva,
      per uscirmi di braccia come il giorno
      che Apollo la seguia quaggiù per terra.
      [...] and may she not be changed to green woodland,
      issuing from my arms, as on the day
      when Apollo pursued her down here on earth.
  3. (figuratively) mass, multitude, forest
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno, Le Monnier (1994), Canto IV, p. 57, vv. 64-66:
      Non lasciavam l'andar perch'ei dicessi,
      ma passavam la selva tuttavia,
      la selva, dico, di spiriti spessi.
      We ceased not to advance because he spake,
      but still were passing onward through the forest,
      the forest, say I, of thick-crowded ghosts.

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Latvian[edit]

Noun[edit]

selva f (4th declension)

  1. selva

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese, from Latin silva, from Proto-Indo-European *sel-, *swel- (beam, board, frame, threshold). Compare the doublet silva.

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selva f (plural selvas)

  1. jungle
    O leão é o rei da selva.
    The lion is the king of the jungle.
  2. woods, forest
    Synonyms: floresta; see also Thesaurus:floresta
  3. (figuratively) mass, multitude, forest

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  • 1844: O apertado revolver das armas formava uma selva de ferros em volta dos dois capitães inimigos, através da qual debalde o conde de Septum buscara multas vezes abrir caminho para ferir Teodomiro, até que finalmente, galgando por cima de um árabe derribado, pudera vibrar um golpe. — Alexandre Herculano, "Eurico, o Presbítero".

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Spanish[edit]

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Selva (rainforest).

Etymology[edit]

From Latin silva, from Proto-Indo-European *sel-, *swel- (beam, board, frame, threshold).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈselba/, [ˈselβa]

Noun[edit]

selva f (plural selvas)

  1. (forestry) forest or jungle, wood, chiefly a rainforest

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