Definitions for faunaˈfɔ nə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fau•na*ˈfɔ nə(n.)(pl.)-nas, -nae

  1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) the animals of a given region or period considered as a whole.

    Category: Ecology

  2. a list of the animals of a given region or period.

    Category: Ecology

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Origin of fauna:

1765–75; < NL, after L Fauna, a feminine counterpart to Faunus ; cf. flora

fau′nal(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fauna, zoology(noun)

    all the animal life in a particular region or period

    "the fauna of China"; "the zoology of the Pliocene epoch"

  2. animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna(noun)

    a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

Wiktionary

  1. fauna(Noun)

    animals considered as a group; especially those of a particular country, region, time, etc.

  2. fauna(Noun)

    a book, cataloguing the animals of a country etc.

  3. Origin: New Latin, from Fauna, sister of Faunus 'god of forests and herdsmen'; akin to Ancient Greek θαῦνον, thýs 'jackal, wild dog; panther', Phrygian dáos 'wolf'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fauna(noun)

    the animals of any given area or epoch; as, the fauna of America; fossil fauna; recent fauna

Freebase

  1. Fauna

    Fauna is all of the animal life of any particular region or time. The corresponding term for plants is flora. Flora, fauna and other forms of life such as fungi are collectively referred to as biota. Zoologists and paleontologists use fauna to refer to a typical collection of animals found in a specific time or place, e.g. the "Sonoran Desert fauna" or the "Burgess Shale fauna". Paleontologists sometimes refer to a sequence of faunal stages, which is a series of rocks all containing similar fossils.


Translations for fauna

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

fauna(noun)

the animals of a district or country as a whole

She is interested in South American fauna.

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