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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dense tropical rain forest usually having a cloud cover, especially one in the Amazon Basin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Heavily forested ground in the Amazon basin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In physical geography, naturally forested lands; especially, a forested plain in torrid South America.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rain forest in a tropical area

Etymologies

Spanish, forest, from Latin silva.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish selva. (Wiktionary)

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