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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But climate change threatens to open up new territory for foreign flora and fauna to take over. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Invasive iguanas are wreaking havoc in Florida. Now authorities are urging locals to kill them.," 3 July 2019 Thereare 10 trails to choose from, ranging from easy to rugged that take hikers through diverse fauna habitats and the flowing creek, and a trail that offers access to Wolf Cave. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "10 of the best campgrounds within a few hours of Indianapolis," 21 June 2019 Metroparks naturalist Marty Calabrese, guest speaker at the Berea Kiwanis June meeting, gave a presentation on the flora and fauna park visitors are likely to encounter. Rich Heileman, cleveland.com, "Berea’s Old Stone House still in limbo: Around The Town," 14 June 2019 In the center, large, lush and brightly colored fauna cluster together. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Insects swarm over Flo-Gris as part of ’Fragile Earth’ exhibit," 6 June 2019 Just as the theory predicted, the islands closer to the Florida mainland recovered their fauna more quickly. Quanta Magazine, "Lizard Stowaways Revise Principle of Ecology," 24 Sep. 2014 What’s left of the Mandalay is spread out in about 12 feet of aquarium-clear water, home to schools of colorful fish, gaudy purple sea fans and all sorts of reef flora and fauna. Bonnie Gross, sun-sentinel.com, "Boat tours explore underwater Biscayne National Park," 20 June 2019 All moved slowly through choreography at times, some beneath a waterfall, amid a set alive with fauna, greenery wending up two dome structures that moved slowly around as Rihanna's women slinked in and out. Fox News, "Rihanna surprises fans with Gigi and Bella Hadid in her Savage X Fenty runway show," 13 Sep. 2018 Near the garden is an extraordinary couture dress by Ms. Chiuri and Mr. Piccioli for Valentino; its metal-thread embroidery translates Cranach’s Adam and Eve, and its flora and fauna, into splendiferous ornament. Jason Farago, New York Times, "‘Heavenly Bodies’ Brings the Fabric of Faith to the Met," 9 May 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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