Definition of favela
: a settlement of jerry-built shacks lying on the outskirts of a Brazilian city
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And instead of singing mournful fado songs in crumbling waterfront buildings, the Portuguese were spinning Brazilectronica numbers in favela esqueleto high-rises daubed in psychedelic murals by ASSUME VIVID ASTRO FOCUS?
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Origin and Etymology of favela
Brazilian Portuguese favela, perhaps from Favela, hill outside Rio de Janeiro
First Known Use: 1946
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