- the animals of a given region or period considered as a whole.
- a treatise on the animals of a given region or period.
- (initial capital letter) Roman Religion. Bona Dea.
Origin of fauna
- an ancient Roman goddess of chastity and fertility.
Origin of Bona Dea
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.How to Catch a Giant Python
February 28, 2010
You think of the rainforest as this incredibly abundant place of fauna and animals and flora.Raiders of the Lost City
The Daily Beast
February 24, 2009
It is to me more what you call a 'beast-garden,' to include all species of fauna.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I have captioned them with present-day names of the flora and fauna.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
His papers on the fauna and flora made him known to scientific societies.Amy Foster
Fauna: the assemblage of animals inhabiting a region or country.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Fauna was the wife of Faunus, and participated in his functions.Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome
- all the animal life of a given place or time, esp when distinguished from the plant life (flora)
- a descriptive list of such animals
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.
- Animals, especially the animals of a particular region or period, considered as a group.
- The animals of a particular region or time period.
Animals, especially the animals of a particular place and time.