Definition of fauna in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfônə/
Pronunciation: /ˈfänə/

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.
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  • 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.
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.



Pronunciation: /ˈfônl/
Pronunciation: /ˈfänl/
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.


Pronunciation: /fôˈnistik/ Pronunciation: /fä-/
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.


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

Words that rhyme with fauna

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

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Syllabification: fau·na

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