noun \ˈf-nəs, ˈfä-\

Definition of FAUNUS

:  the Roman god of animals

Origin of FAUNUS

First Known Use: 1581


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ancient Italian rural deity, the Roman counterpart of the Greek god Pan. The grandson of Saturn, he was depicted as half-man, half-goat, like a satyr. He was first worshiped as a god who bestowed fertility on fields and flocks, but he ended as a woodland deity. His companions were known as fauns.


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