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Silva

Sil′va

,
Noun.
;
pl. E.
Silvas
(#)
, L.
Silvae
.
[L., properly, a wood, forest.]
[Written also
sylva
.]
(Bot.)
(a)
The forest trees of a region or country, considered collectively.
(b)
A description or history of the forest trees of a country.

Definition 2021


Silva

Silva

See also: silva and silvă

English

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Proper noun

Silva

  1. A surname.

Portuguese

Etymology

Derived from Silva (name of several places in Portugal), ultimately from silva (bramble).

Pronunciation

Proper noun

Silva m f

  1. A surname.

silva

silva

See also: Silva and silvă

English

Noun

silva (uncountable)

  1. (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.

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Latin

Etymology

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).

Pronunciation

Noun

silva f (genitive silvae); first declension

  1. wood, forest
  2. orchard, grove

Inflection

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative silva silvae
genitive silvae silvārum
dative silvae silvīs
accusative silvam silvās
ablative silvā silvīs
vocative silva silvae

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Portuguese

Etymology

From Old Portuguese silva, from Latin silva, from Proto-Indo-European *swel-, *sel- (mountain, ridge, forest). Compare the doublet selva.

Pronunciation

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /ˈsiɫ.vɐ/
  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈsiw.va/, /ˈsiw.vɐ/
  • Homophone: Silva
  • Hyphenation: sil‧va

Noun

silva f (plural silvas)

  1. bramble

Romanian

Noun

silva f

  1. definite singular nominative form of silvă