- 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
Examples from the Web for faunal
Historical Examples of faunal
But three species are found in the faunal region of which this book treats.
But two species of the genus are known within our faunal limits.
Only one genus is represented in our faunal region, the genus Libythea.
Faunal relationships and geographic distribution of mammals in Oklahoma.A Synopsis of the North American Lagomorpha
E. Raymond Hall
Four faunal associations seem to be recognizable in the area.Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas
Artie L. Metcalf
- 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 for fauna
Word Origin and History for faunal
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.