[faw-nuh] /ˈfɔ nə/
noun, plural faunas, faunae
[faw-nee] /ˈfɔ ni/ (Show IPA)
the animals of a given region or period considered as a whole.
a treatise on the animals of a given region or period.
(initial capital letter) Roman Religion. .
noun (pl) -nas, -nae (-niː)
all the animal life of a given place or time, esp when distinguished from the plant life (flora)
a descriptive list of such animals
1877, from fauna + -al (1).
1771, collective name for animals of a certain region or time, from Late Latin Fauna, a Roman fertility goddess, wife, sister, or daughter (or some combination thereof) of Faunus (see faun).
Popularized by Linnaeus, who adopted it as a companion word to flora and used it in the title of his 1746 catalogue of the animals of Sweden, “Fauna Suecica.” First used in English by naturalist Gilbert White.
fauna fau·na (fô’nə)
n. pl. fau·nas or fau·nae (-nē’)
Animals, especially the animals of a particular region or period, considered as a group.
Plural faunas or faunae (fô’nē’)
The animals of a particular region or time period.
Animals, especially the animals of a particular place and time.
noun phrase Confusion; mistakes: 98 percent accurate and 2 percent etaoin shrdlu [1931+; fr the phrase typeset by sweeping one’s finger down the two left-hand columns of Linotype keys, in a gesture made by compositors when they have erred and must begin again]
[faw-nis-tik] /fɔˈnɪs tɪk/ adjective 1. of or relating to the geographical distribution of animal life.
[fawn] /fɔn/ noun, Classical Mythology. 1. one of a class of rural deities represented as men with the ears, horns, tail, and later also the hind legs of a goat. /fɔːn/ noun 1. (in Roman legend) a rural deity represented as a man with a goat’s ears, horns, tail, and hind legs n. late 14c., […]
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).