favela

A shantytown or slum, especially in Brazil.

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Other places did occur to me: a yurt on some endless rolling steppe with only an extended family and the wind for company; some packed and noisome favela spattered across a steep hillside, the smell of shared sweat and the noise of bawling children, bellowing men and beaty music jangling …

Definition from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition (via Wordnik); image from Wikipedia

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