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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Spots around Lake Shelby and Middle Lake are good for camping, lying on the beach, and discovering local flora and fauna. Frank Sargeant, al, "Get outdoors notes from around Alabama," 27 Aug. 2019 Toxic pesticides used in agricultural croplands can be deadly for wild flora and fauna. Claire Wolters, National Geographic, "Grassland threats, explained," 22 Aug. 2019 The landmark legislation was signed by President Nixon in 1973 and is credited with putting in place protections that helped save dozens of threatened flora and fauna. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Environmental groups sue Trump administration for weakening Endangered Species Act," 21 Aug. 2019 Perched on the western edge of the continent and closely tied to the flora and fauna of British Columbia, the city could easily rest on its restaurant laurels, charging high prices for fancy meals. Fortune, "Vancouver Is a Haven for Cheap but Delicious Tasting Menus," 18 Aug. 2019 This romantic vision was aided in no small part by the territory’s unique fauna. Melissa Hendrickson, Smithsonian, "What Do Bovids, Bridges and the West Have to Do With American Art?," 5 Aug. 2019 Her descriptions of flora, fauna, mudflats, and Alaskan rituals of fishing and clamming are impressively recognizable, treated not as exotic background but as part of the fabric of the place in which her characters live. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "In “The Unpassing,” an immigrant story set in Alaska explodes both American and Alaska myths," 11 July 2019 The flora, the fauna, the welcome mystery of the open trail stretched before you. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "These Apps Will Keep You From Getting Lost in the Outdoors," 3 July 2019 The invasive fauna included the ancestors of modern-day lion, zebra, rhinoceros, hippopotamus and antelopes. Paul Manger, Quartz Africa, "Elephants evolved larger brains partly thanks to climate change, say scientists," 28 June 2019

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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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