fau·​na | \ ˈfȯ-nə How to pronounce fauna (audio) , ˈfä- \
plural faunas also faunae\ ˈfȯ-​ˌnē How to pronounce fauna (audio) , -​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 How to pronounce fauna (audio) , ˈfä-​ \ adjective
faunally adverb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Many hundreds of millions have already been infected with SARS-CoV-2, as well as domestic and feral fauna. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Featuring a print hand-drawn by the mother of designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the fungi look was an appealing addition to the lineup of sunny, flora- and fauna-focused pieces that Lorde has worn while promoting her latest album. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 4 Oct. 2021 What fun can a wildlife devotee have in a place where the most exotic fauna walk on two legs, petted by their agents, stylist-groomed? Jeremy Mccarter, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 Since one of the highlights of such trips will be the possibility of spotting Arctic fauna from the sky. Miquel Ros, CNN, 18 Aug. 2021 Greek Cypriot Iris Charalambidou and Turkish Cypriot Salih Gucel, both biologists, headed a pioneering survey in 2007 that explored the thriving flora and fauna inside the buffer zone. Menelaos Hadjicostis, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 Two short trails — one paved, one unpaved — include interpretative signage describing local flora and fauna with views of a nearby creek, pond and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Dallas News, 24 May 2021 Most people don’t associate flat Florida with hiking, but there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy flora and fauna around the City Beautiful, especially while the mild weather lasts. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 16 Mar. 2021 The action upends a hard-fought agreement that sought to balance habitat for tortoises, Joshua trees and other iconic desert flora and fauna with renewable energy projects on federal land. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, 24 Jan. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fauna. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fauna

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


fau·​na | \ ˈfȯ-nə How to pronounce fauna (audio) \

Kids Definition of fauna

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


fau·​na | \ ˈfȯn-ə, ˈfän- How to pronounce fauna (audio) \
plural faunas also faunae\ -​ˌē How to pronounce fauna (audio) , -​ˌī How to pronounce fauna (audio) \

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 How to pronounce fauna (audio) \ adjective
faunally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce fauna (audio) \ adverb

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