- (forestry) The forest trees of a particular area
1909, Willis Linn Jepson, The Trees of California, page 13:
- The most interesting and striking features of the silva of California relate to its composition, the geographical distribution of the species and their biological history.
From Proto-Indo-European *sel-, *swel- (“beam, board, frame, threshold”). Cognate with Ancient Greek ὕλη (húlē, “wood, timber”) and Old English syl (“sill, threshold, foundation”).
silva f (genitive silvae); first declension
- wood, forest
- orchard, grove
- definite singular nominative form of silvă