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fauna

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noun fau·na \ˈfȯ-nə, ˈfä-\

Simple Definition of fauna

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

Full Definition of fauna

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

  1. :  animal life; especially :  the animals characteristic of a region, period, or special environment — compare flora

fau·nal play \-nəl\ adjective
fau·nal·lyplay 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

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fauna

play
noun fau·na \ˈfȯn-ə, ˈfän-\

Medical Definition of fauna

plural faunas also fau·nae \-ˌē, -ˌī\play play

  1. :  animal life; especially :  the animals characteristic of a region, period, or special environment—compare flora 1

  2. fau·nal \-əl\play adjective
    fau·nal·ly \-əl-ē\play adverb




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