fauna


fau·na

noun \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

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

fau·na

noun \ˈfn-ə, ˈfän-\   (Medical Dictionary)
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

fauna

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

All the species of animals found in a particular region, period, or special environment. Five faunal realms, based on terrestrial animal species, are generally recognized: Holarctic, including Nearactic (North America) and Paleartic (Eurasia and northern Africa); Paleotropical (tropical Africa and Southeast Asia); Neotropical (Central and South America); Australian; and Antarctic.

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