Silva vs silver

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Silva and silver are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation, but have very different meanings. We will examine the definitions of silva and silver, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

Silva means the trees of a certain area, the trees of a forest. The word silva came into use in the mid-1800s and is derived from the Latin word silva, which means wood. The plural form of silva may be expressed as silvas or silvae.

Silver is a shiny metal, gray-white in color and used for jewelry, decorative and household items, coins and manufacturing. Silver is a precious metal, though not as precious as gold. The word silver is also used to mean the color that is associated with the precious metal. The word silver is sometimes used when referring to household items that are made of silver, or when speaking about coins, even if they are not strictly composed of silver. The word silver is used as a verb to mean coating something with silver, especially the back of a mirror. Related words are silvers, silvered, silvering. The word silver is derived from the Old English word seolfor.


By using what’s called a silva cell—an under-layer of the sidewalk that serves as a foundation for soil and trees—Argyle is now home to young oaks, lindens and ginkgo trees. (The Halifax Coast)

India’s silver jewellery is fast losing its charm in the global markets as exports have fallen sharply by 93.04 per cent in the first quarter of current fiscal, compared with Q1 of FY18, with buyers from the Middle East, the US and other nations staying away. (The Economic Times)
The Innovative Materials Sector segment provides flat glass products, such as float glass, as well as laminated, patterned, silvered, lacquered, and coated glass; and a range of products for the building industry, including reinforced thermal insulation and acoustic protection glass, solar control glass, decorative, safety and fireproof glass, and active glass. (The Fairfield Current)