fauna

noun
fau·​na | \ˈfȯ-nə, ˈfä-\
plural faunas also faunae\ˈfȯ-​ˌnē, -​ˌnī, ˈfä-​ \

Definition of fauna 

: animal life especially : the animals characteristic of a region, period, or special environment the diverse fauna of the island — compare flora

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Other Words from fauna

faunal \ˈfȯ-​nᵊl, ˈfä-​ \ adjective
faunally adverb

Did You Know?

Faunus and Fauna were the Roman woodland god and goddess for whom animals were a particular concern. Faunus was the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Pan, and like Pan, he had goats' legs. Their goat-legged helpers, called fauns, were known for their love of pleasure and mischief. The fauna of a continent are often very similar across a broad east-west band; from north to south, however, they may vary greatly.

Examples of fauna in a Sentence

studying the diverse fauna of the island studying the faunas of different islands

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Park Hyun-jae, a spokesman for South Korea’s Forestry Service, downplayed any possibility of the inter-Korean rapprochement destroying the DMZ’s flora and fauna. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "If You Think North Korea Is a Wild Place, Check Out the DMZ," 3 Dec. 2018 The other side of the road is the mountain with cape flora and fauna in abundance. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa's Top Sommelier on Where to Find the Best Wine," 12 Oct. 2018 Data on flora and fauna will also net you some basic currency. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "With NEXT update, No Man’s Sky finally brings it all together," 6 Aug. 2018 Diplodocus-like neosauropods were thought to have never made it to East Asia because this region was cut-off from the rest of the world by Jurassic seaways, so that China evolved its own distinctive and separate dinosaur fauna. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New 'Amazing Dragon' Dinosaur Upends What We Thought We Knew About Sauropods," 26 July 2018 Its lush tropical fauna looked like Florida should. Joy Wallace Dickinson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "New Winter Park exhibit highlights hotels and motels," 3 June 2018 After Brazil, Colombia has the largest variety of flora and fauna in the world, and the Rosarios are home to more than 2,500 species of plants, animals, birds and fish. Maureen Orth, Town & Country, "Inside Cartagena," 11 Jan. 2013 Various suits both painted and embroidered with the flora and fauna to be found in the gardens were hat tips to the 19th century collectors who had once fluttered through. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Male Patterned Boldness: Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Sartoria Ode to Villa Carlotta," 9 July 2018 Criminal syndicates that smuggle flora and fauna often take advantage of porous borders and corrupt officials, transporting illicit cargo at an industrial scale. Washington Post, "Giant crackdown against wildlife crime in 92 countries," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of fauna

1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fauna

New Latin, from Latin Fauna, sister of Faunus

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fauna

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fauna

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

fauna

noun
fau·​na | \ˈfȯ-nə \

Kids Definition of fauna

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

fauna

noun
fau·​na | \ˈfȯn-ə, ˈfän- \
plural faunas also faunae\-​ˌē, -​ˌī \

Medical Definition of fauna 

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

Other Words from fauna

faunal \-​ᵊl \ adjective
faunally \-​ᵊl-​ē \ adverb

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