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favela

favela

noun fa·ve·la \fə-ˈve-lə\

Definition of FAVELA

:  a settlement of jerry-built shacks lying on the outskirts of a Brazilian city

Variants of FAVELA

fa·ve·la also fa·vel·la \fə-ˈve-lə\

Origin of FAVELA

Brazilian Portuguese favela, perhaps from Favela, hill outside Rio de Janeiro
First Known Use: 1946

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