noun, plural fau·nas, fau·nae [faw-nee] /ˈfɔ ni/.
- faulty union,
- fauntleroy suit
Origin of fauna
Examples from the Web for faunal
Faunal relationships and geographic distribution of mammals in Sonora, Mexico.A Synopsis of the North American Lagomorpha|E. Raymond Hall
Where two of the faunal realms meet there is usually, though not always, a mixing of faunas.
With over 125 illustrations from drawings by Philip R. Goodwin and from photographs, and with 40 faunal maps.A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open|Theodore Roosevelt
But two species of the genus are known within our faunal limits.The Butterfly Book|William Jacob Holland
This diversity in the topography of the country afforded considerable variety in the faunal life of the region.Our Bird Comrades|Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
noun plural -nas or -nae (-niː)
Word Origin 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.
n. pl. fau•nas
Plural faunas faunae (fô′nē′)
Animals, especially the animals of a particular place and time.