What does fauna mean?

Definitions for faunaˈfɔ nə

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fauna.

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


  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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fauna

    fawn′a, n. animals collectively, or those of a particular country, or of a particular geological period:—pl. Faun′æ, Faun′as.—n. Faun, a Roman rural deity, protector of shepherds.—adj. Faun′al.—n. Faun′ist, one who studies a fauna. [L. faunus, from favēre, fautum, to favour.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fauna in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fauna in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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. Leif Richardson:

    If you think about it, that's a really strikingly high percentage of a fauna to be declining -- and in some cases really crashing.

  5. Tom Hatton:

    Therefore, the EPA concluded the proposal would threaten the viability of some species of subterranean fauna, animals which live underground, such as stygofauna.

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