from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A shantytown or slum, especially in Brazil.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A slum or shantytown, especially in Brazil
Portuguese, possibly from diminutive of favo, honeycomb (from Latin favus) or from favelas (probably from pl. of favela, spurge, from fava, bean, from Latin faba).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese favela. (Wiktionary)