[ meg-uh-faw-nuh ]
/ ˈmɛg əˌfɔ nə /

noun Ecology.

land animals of a given area that can be seen with the unaided eye.

Origin of megafauna Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for megafauna

/ (ˈmɛɡəˌfɔːnə) /


the component of the fauna of a region or period that comprises the larger terrestrial animals
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Science definitions for megafauna

[ mĕgə-fô′nə ]

Large or relatively large animals of a particular place or time period. Saber-toothed tigers and mastodons belong to the extinct megafauna of the Oligocene and Pleistocene Epochs.
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