noun, Classical Mythology.
one of a class of rural deities represented as men with the ears, horns, tail, and later also the hind legs of a goat.
(in Roman legend) a rural deity represented as a man with a goat’s ears, horns, tail, and hind legs
late 14c., from Latin Faunus, a word of unknown origin. A god of the countryside, worshipped especially by farmers and shepherds, equivalent of Greek Pan. Formerly men with goat horns and tails, later with goat legs, which caused them to be assimilated to satyrs, but they have diverged again lately.
The faun is now regarded rather as the type of unsophisticated & the satyr of unpurified man; the first is man still in intimate communion with Nature, the second is man still swayed by bestial passions. [Fowler]
The plural is fauni.
The Roman name for satyrs, mythical creatures who were part man and part goat.
in various usages, from the gentle boy hero of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s popular novel “Little Lord Fauntleroy” (1885). The family name is from mid-13c., literally “son of the king” (Anglo-French Le Enfant le Roy).
noun 1. a formal outfit for a boy composed of a hip-length jacket and knee-length pants, often in black velvet, and a wide, lacy collar and cuffs, usually worn with a broad sash at the waist and sometimes a large, loose bow at the neck, popular in the late 19th century.
/ˈfɔːnjʊlə/ noun (pl) -ulae (-jʊliː), -ules 1. the fauna of a small single environment 2. fossil fauna, dominated by representatives of a single community, found in a single stratum or in several thin adjacent strata
[faw-nuh s] /ˈfɔ nəs/ noun 1. an ancient Italian woodland deity, later identified with Pan. /ˈfɔːnəs/ noun 1. an ancient Italian deity of pastures and forests, later identified with the Greek Pan