fauna

noun
fau·​na | \ ˈfȯ-nə How to pronounce fauna (audio) , ˈfä-\
plural faunas also faunae\ ˈfȯ-​ˌnē How to pronounce faunae (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 faunal (audio) , 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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Around the base of each of those gigantic plants is a tiny ecosystem of other fauna, from glowing yellow flowers to pulsating green orbs that move like liquid inside of a hard shell. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "No Man’s Sky travel diary: the final entry," 29 Aug. 2018 The bounty of miniature crabs, oysters, birds and other fauna was staggering. Brett Mcnish, Smithsonian, "A Smithsonian Horticulturist Goes on a Quest for an Historic Seedling," 15 Feb. 2018 The show-stopping silk-chiffon dress features an enchanted forest print of flora and fauna. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Greeting Children in the Snow Will Melt Your Heart," 1 Feb. 2019 Visiting it with tour company Wild Poland during their weeklong Winter Wildlife Festival (Jan. 19-26) affords travelers the opportunity to see the continent’s largest population of wild bison, along with more elusive fauna like wolves and lynx. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "Europe in Winter: 35 Reasons to Visit Off-Season," 21 Nov. 2018 His head whips around to see, beyond an expanse of scrubby high desert fauna, a mammoth freight train churning past into the distance. Rafael Francisco Salas, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The Open Road' a photographic journey through America," 12 Feb. 2018 Chef Jason Tan calls his cuisine gastro-botanica and gives equal billing to flora and fauna. Robyn Eckhardt, WSJ, "Two Strategic Days in Singapore: Where to Splurge, Where to Save," 4 Jan. 2019 Best for kiddos aged 8-11, the book tours 21 of our majestic national parks and provides a plethora of maps and fascinating animal and fauna facts. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 This exciting ride will take you along rugged trails and give you an up close and personal view of the the local flora and fauna that define the landscape. Discover Magazine, "7 Family Friendly Bucket List Adventures in Beaver Creek," 17 Aug. 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 How to pronounce fauna (audio) \

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- How to pronounce fauna (audio) \
plural faunas also faunae\ -​ˌē How to pronounce faunae (audio) , -​ˌī How to pronounce faunae (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 faunal (audio) \ adjective
faunally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce faunally (audio) \ adverb

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