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fauna

[ faw-nuh ]
/ ˈfɔ nə /
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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.
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Origin of fauna

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

OTHER WORDS FROM fauna

faunal, adjectivefau·nal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for fauna

fauna
/ (ˈfɔːnə) /

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 forms of fauna

faunal, adjectivefaunally, adverb

Word Origin for fauna

C18: from New Latin, from Late Latin Fauna a goddess, sister of Faunus
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Medical definitions for fauna

fauna
[ fônə ]

n. pl. fau•nas
Animals, especially the animals of a particular region or period, considered as a group.
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Scientific definitions for fauna

fauna
[ fônə ]

Plural faunas faunae (nē′)
The animals of a particular region or time period.
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Cultural definitions for fauna

fauna
[ (faw-nuh) ]

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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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