fauna

[faw-nuh]
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noun, plural fau·nas, fau·nae [faw-nee] /ˈfɔ ni/.

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.

Nearby words

  1. faultless,
  2. faultlessly,
  3. faulty,
  4. faulty union,
  5. faun,
  6. faunal,
  7. faunistic,
  8. fauns,
  9. fauntleroy,
  10. fauntleroy suit

Origin of fauna

1765–75; < New Latin, special use of Latin Fauna, a feminine counterpart to Faunus; cf. Flora

Related formsfau·nal, adjectivefau·nal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for faunal

fauna

noun plural -nas or -nae (-niː)

all the animal life of a given place or time, esp when distinguished from the plant life (flora)
a descriptive list of such animals
Derived Formsfaunal, adjectivefaunally, adverb

Word Origin for fauna

C18: from New Latin, from Late Latin Fauna a goddess, sister of Faunus

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Word Origin and History for faunal
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Medicine definitions for faunal

fauna

[fônə]

n. pl. fau•nas

Animals, especially the animals of a particular region or period, considered as a group.

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Science definitions for faunal

fauna

[fônə]

Plural faunas faunae (nē′)

The animals of a particular region or time period.
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Culture definitions for faunal

fauna

[(faw-nuh)]

Animals, especially the animals of a particular place and time.

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