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fauna

noun fau·na \ˈf-nə, ˈfä-\

biology : all the animals that live in a particular area, time period, or environment

plural faunas also fau·nae \-ˌnē, -ˌnī\

Full Definition of FAUNA

:  animal life; especially :  the animals characteristic of a region, period, or special environment — compare flora
fau·nal \-nəl\ adjective
fau·nal·ly adverb
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Examples of FAUNA

  1. studying the diverse fauna of the island
  2. studying the faunas of different islands

Origin of FAUNA

New Latin, from Latin Fauna, sister of Faunus
First Known Use: 1771

Other Zoology Terms

altruism, integument

Rhymes with FAUNA

FAUNA Defined for Kids

fauna

noun fau·na \ˈf-nə\

Definition of FAUNA for Kids

:  the animal life typical of a region, period, or special environment <the island's fauna>
Medical Dictionary

fauna

noun fau·na \ˈfn-ə, ˈfän-\
plural faunas also fau·nae \-ˌē, -ˌī\

Medical Definition of FAUNA

:  animal life; especially :  the animals characteristic of a region, period, or special environment—compare flora 1
fau·nal \-əl\ adjective
fau·nal·ly \-əl-ē\ adverb

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