noun, plural fau·nas, fau·nae [faw-nee] /ˈfɔ ni/.
Origin of fauna
Definition for fauna (2 of 2)
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Examples from the Web for fauna
The area is a disturbed wetland, invaded by non-native melaleuca trees that have crowded out native flora and fauna.
You think of the rainforest as this incredibly abundant place of fauna and animals and flora.
“Die arktischen Medusen (ausschliesslich der Polypomedusen),” Fauna arctica, iv.
The scenery of the region is described, and useful information given about the Klondike, and its flora and fauna.A Mother's List of Books for Children|Gertrude Weld Arnold
A contribution to the knowledge of the fauna of Bromeliaceae.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches|Louis M. Roth
But—a hundred years ago and more—the dominant features in the fauna of the Middle West was the bison.Pioneers in Canada|Sir Harry Johnston
The fauna is similar in general to that of the southern United States.
British Dictionary definitions for fauna
noun plural -nas or -nae (-niː)
Word Origin for fauna
Word Origin and History for fauna
1771, collective name for animals of a certain region or time, from Late Latin Fauna, a Roman fertility goddess, wife, sister, or daughter (or some combination thereof) of Faunus (see faun).
Popularized by Linnaeus, who adopted it as a companion word to flora and used it in the title of his 1746 catalogue of the animals of Sweden, "Fauna Suecica." First used in English by naturalist Gilbert White.
Medicine definitions for fauna
n. pl. fau•nas
Science definitions for fauna
Plural faunas faunae (fô′nē′)
Culture definitions for fauna
Animals, especially the animals of a particular place and time.