faun

[fawn]
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noun Classical Mythology.

one of a class of rural deities represented as men with the ears, horns, tail, and later also the hind legs of a goat.

Nearby words

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

Origin of faun

1325–75; Middle English (< Old French faune) < Latin faunus; cf. Faunus

Related formsfaun·like, adjective

Can be confusedfaun fawn

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British Dictionary definitions for fauns

faun

noun

(in Roman legend) a rural deity represented as a man with a goat's ears, horns, tail, and hind legs
Derived Formsfaunlike, adjective

Word Origin for faun

C14: back formation from Faunes (plural), from Latin Faunus

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Word Origin and History for fauns

faun

n.
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Culture definitions for fauns

fauns

The Roman name for satyrs, mythical creatures who were part man and part goat.

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