fauna

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noun fau·na \ˈfȯ-nə, ˈfä-\

Definition of fauna

plural

faunas

also

faunae

play \ˈfȯ-ˌnē, -ˌnī, ˈfä-\
  1. :  animal life; especially :  the animals characteristic of a region, period, or special environment the diverse fauna of the island — compare flora

faunal

play \ˈfȯ-nəl, ˈfä-\ adjective

faunally

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Examples of fauna in a sentence

  1. studying the diverse fauna of the island

  2. studying the faunas of different islands

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.

Origin and Etymology of fauna

New Latin, from Latin Fauna, sister of Faunus


First Known Use: 1771

Other Zoology Terms


FAUNA Defined for English Language Learners

fauna

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noun fau·na \ˈfȯ-nə, ˈfä-\

Definition of fauna for English Language Learners

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


FAUNA Defined for Kids

fauna

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noun fau·na \ˈfȯ-nə\

Definition of fauna for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

fauna

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noun fau·na \ˈfȯn-ə, ˈfän-\

Medical Definition of fauna

plural

faunas

also

faunae

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

faunal

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faunally

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