Definitions for faunaˈfɔ nə

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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

  2. Origin: [NL.: cf. F. faune. See Faun.]

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.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Francesco Vicarelli:

    White and black truffles grow here, it is rich in fauna which is disappearing.

  2. Environment Ministry official Guy Samet:

    Crude oil flowed throughout the reserve, causing serious damage ... to flora and fauna.

  3. Michael Ohl:

    I am convinced that events like this increase people ’s curiosity about local and global fauna and nature.

  4. John Long:

    I think it is a highly significant discovery, as the origin and diversificationof modern bony-jawed fishesis still shrouded in mystery, but Janiusiscus takes us abig step closer to really understandingthis major evolutionary transition, from primitive jawed fishes to the beginning of themodern jawed fish fauna.

  5. Louis Aragon:

    The whole fauna of human fantasies, their marine vegetation, drifts and luxuriates in the dimly lit zones of human activity, as though plaiting thick tresses of darkness. Here, too, appear the lighthouses of the mind, with their outward resemblance to less pure symbols. The gateway to mystery swings open at the touch of human weakness and we have entered the realms of darkness. One false step, one slurred syllable together reveal a man's thoughts.

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