faun

[ fawn ]
/ fɔn /
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noun Classical Mythology.

one of a class of rural deities represented as men with the ears, horns, tail, and later also the hind legs of a goat.

Origin of faun

1325–75; Middle English (< Old French faune) < Latin faunus; cf. Faunus
Related formsfaun·like, adjective
Can be confusedfaun fawn
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faun

/ (fɔːn) /

noun

(in Roman legend) a rural deity represented as a man with a goat's ears, horns, tail, and hind legs
Derived Formsfaunlike, adjective

Word Origin for faun

C14: back formation from Faunes (plural), from Latin Faunus
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