Definition of fauna in English:

fauna

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːnə
 
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noun (plural faunas)

[mass noun]
  • 1The animals of a particular region, habitat, or geological period: the flora and fauna of Siberia [count noun]: the local Mesozoic rocks and their faunas
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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.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A book or other work detailing the animal life of a region.
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    • A similar instance can be found in other published faunas.

Derivatives

faunal

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: /-ˈnɪstɪk/
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.

Origin

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

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