Definition of fauna in English:

fauna

Syllabification: fau·na
Pronunciation: /ˈfônə, ˈfänə
 
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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.
Synonyms
wildlife, animals, living creatures
1.1A book or other work describing or listing the animal life of a region.
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  • 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

Pronunciation: /ˈfônl, ˈfänl/
adjective
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  • 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

Pronunciation: /fôˈnistik, fä-/
adjective
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  • 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.

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