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fauna

Syllabification: fau·na
Pronunciation: /ˈfônə
 
, ˈfänə
 
/

Definition of fauna in English:

noun (plural faunas /-nəz/)

1The animals of a particular region, habitat, or geological period: the flora and fauna of Siberia islands that support one of the richest of all marine faunas Compare with flora.
More example sentences
  • The sheer variety of marine flora and fauna is enough to floor visitors.
  • Even different species of flora and fauna find a place of reverence.
  • They both shared a keen interest in the flora and fauna of the region.
Synonyms
wildlife, animals, living creatures
1.1A book or other work describing or listing the animal life of a region.
Example sentences
  • A similar instance can be found in other published faunas.

Origin

late 18th century: modern Latin application of Fauna, the name of a rural goddess, sister of Faunus.

Derivatives

faunal

1
Pronunciation: /ˈfônl, ˈfänl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • This Himalayan region abounds in faunal beauty and there are hosts of parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the whole of Sikkim.
  • Floral, faunal and human motifs are common objects in the paintings.
  • However, faunal change was already well under way.

faunistic

2
Pronunciation: /fôˈnistik, fä-/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Using a faunistic rather than the traditional regional method, he considered questions such as ‘What is a fauna?’
  • The faunistic associations of these thick successions are virtually unknown.
  • Systematic studies have largely been faunistic in nature, with the exception of the revision of the Dichocrinidae.

Words that rhyme with fauna

corner, forewarner, Lorna, Morna, mourner, sauna, scorner, suborner, warner

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