/ (ˈmaɪəʊˌfɔːnə) /
the component of the fauna of a sea or lake bed comprising small (but not microscopic) animals, such as tiny worms and crustaceans
DISCOVER THE INFLUENCE OF PORTUGUESE ON ENGLISH VIA THIS QUIZ!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Derived forms of meiofaunameiofaunal, adjective
Word Origin for meiofauna
C20: from Greek meiōn less + fauna
Words nearby meiofauna
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