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fau·na

 (fô′nə)
n. pl. fau·nas or fau·nae (-nē′)
1. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Animals, especially the animals of a particular region or period, considered as a group.
2. A catalog of the animals of a specific region or period.

[Late Latin Fauna, sister of Faunus.]

fau′nal adj.
fau′nal·ly adv.

fauna

(ˈfɔːnə)
n, pl -nas or -nae (-niː)
1. (Zoology) all the animal life of a given place or time, esp when distinguished from the plant life (flora)
2. (Zoology) a descriptive list of such animals
[C18: from New Latin, from Late Latin Fauna a goddess, sister of Faunus]
ˈfaunal adj
ˈfaunally adv

fau•na

(ˈfɔ nə)

n., pl. -nas, -nae (-nē).
1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) the animals of a given region or period considered as a whole.
2. a list of the animals of a given region or period.
[1765–75; < New Latin, after Latin Fauna, a feminine counterpart to Faunus; compare flora]
fau′nal, adj.

fau·na

(fô′nə)
The animals of a particular region or time period: tropical fauna; prehistoric fauna.

fauna

1. the animal life of a particular time or region.
2. a study of or treatise on the animal life of a particular time or region. — faunal, adj.
See also: Animals

fauna

All animals occupying a major geographical region.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fauna - all the animal life in a particular region or period; "the fauna of China"; "the zoology of the Pliocene epoch"
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
biota, biology - all the plant and animal life of a particular region
avifauna - the birds of a particular region or period
animal group - a group of animals
botany, flora, vegetation - all the plant life in a particular region or period; "Pleistocene vegetation"; "the flora of southern California"; "the botany of China"
2.fauna - a living organism characterized by voluntary movementfauna - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
ritual killing, sacrifice - the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
tracking, trailing - the pursuit (of a person or animal) by following tracks or marks they left behind
animal kingdom, Animalia, kingdom Animalia - taxonomic kingdom comprising all living or extinct animals
pest - any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.; "he sprayed the garden to get rid of pests"; "many pests have developed resistance to the common pesticides"
critter - a regional term for `creature' (especially for domestic animals)
creepy-crawly - an animal that creeps or crawls (such as worms or spiders or insects)
darter - a person or other animal that moves abruptly and rapidly; "squirrels are darters"
peeper - an animal that makes short high-pitched sounds
homeotherm, homoiotherm, homotherm - an animal that has a body temperature that is relatively constant and independent of the environmental temperature
ectotherm, poikilotherm - an animal whose body temperature varies with the temperature of its surroundings; any animal except birds and mammals
range animal - any animal that lives and grazes in the grassy open land of western North America (especially horses, cattle, sheep)
varment, varmint - any usually predatory wild animal considered undesirable; e.g., coyote
scavenger - any animal that feeds on refuse and other decaying organic matter
work animal - an animal trained for and used for heavy labor
domestic animal, domesticated animal - any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment
feeder - an animal that feeds on a particular source of food; "a bark feeder"; "a mud feeder"
migrator - an animal (especially birds and fish) that travels between different habitats at particular times of the year
molter, moulter - an animal (especially birds and arthropods and reptiles) that periodically shed their outer layer (feathers or cuticle or skin or hair)
pet - a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement
stayer - a person or other animal having powers of endurance or perseverance; "the horse that won the race is a good stayer"
stunt - a creature (especially a whale) that has been prevented from attaining full growth
marine animal, marine creature, sea animal, sea creature - any of numerous animals inhabiting the sea including e.g. fishes and molluscs and many mammals
female - an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
male - an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)
adult - any mature animal
young, offspring - any immature animal
pureblood, purebred, thoroughbred - a pedigreed animal of unmixed lineage; used especially of horses
giant - any creature of exceptional size
survivor - an animal that survives in spite of adversity; "only the fittest animals were survivors of the cold winters"
mutant - an animal that has undergone mutation
herbivore - any animal that feeds chiefly on grass and other plants; "horses are herbivores"; "the sauropod dinosaurs were apparently herbivores"
insectivore - any organism that feeds mainly on insects
acrodont - an animal having teeth consolidated with the summit of the alveolar ridge without sockets
pleurodont - an animal having teeth fused with the inner surface of the alveolar ridge without sockets
microorganism, micro-organism - any organism of microscopic size
actinomycete - any bacteria (some of which are pathogenic for humans and animals) belonging to the order Actinomycetales
zooplankton - animal constituent of plankton; mainly small crustaceans and fish larvae
conceptus, fertilized egg, embryo - an animal organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation that in higher forms merge into fetal stages but in lower forms terminate in commencement of larval life
chordate - any animal of the phylum Chordata having a notochord or spinal column
invertebrate - any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification
metazoan - any animal of the subkingdom Metazoa; all animals except protozoans and sponges
omnivore - an animal that feeds on both animal and vegetable substances
predatory animal, predator - any animal that lives by preying on other animals
prey, quarry - animal hunted or caught for food
game - animal hunted for food or sport
Translations
حَيواناتحَيَوَانات
fauna
faunadyreliv
eläimistö
fauna
állatvilág
fána, dÿraríki
動物相
동물군
faunagyvūnija
fauna, dzīvnieku valsts
fauna
fauna
สัตว์ในท้องถิ่นหนึ่งๆ
direyfaunahayvanat
hệ động vật

fauna

[ˈfɔːnə] N (faunas or faunae (pl)) → fauna f

fauna

[ˈfɔːnə] nfaune ffaux pas [ˌfəʊˈpɑː] nimpair mfava bean [ˈfɑːvəbiːn] (US) nfève f

fauna

nFauna f

fauna

[ˈfɔːnə] nfauna

fauna

(ˈfoːnə) noun
the animals of a district or country as a whole. She is interested in South American fauna.

fauna

حَيَوَانات fauna fauna Fauna πανίδα fauna eläimistö faune fauna fauna 動物相 동물군 fauna fauna fauna fauna фауна fauna สัตว์ในท้องถิ่นหนึ่งๆ hayvanat hệ động vật 动物群
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The feet themselves were heavily padded and nailless, which fact had also contributed to the noiselessness of their approach, and, in common with a multiplicity of legs, is a characteristic feature of the fauna of Mars.
The fauna and the flora are too closely allied in this submarine world.
It was my business to visit this little-known back-country and to examine its fauna, which furnished me with the materials for several chapters for that great and monumental work upon zoology which will be my life's justification.
Now we learn what patient periods must round themselves before the rock is formed; then before the rock is broken, and the first lichen race has disintegrated the thinnest external plate into soil, and opened the door for the remote Flora, Fauna, Ceres, and Pomona to come in.
They were in the midst of the country of the Moon, and there they collected some precious documents concerning the manners, government, religion, fauna, and flora of the region.
Also a few pages might have been given up profitably to the consideration of the indigenous flora and fauna of Kukuanaland.
But it appeared that she had come once as a small child, when the geography of the place was entirely different, and the fauna included certainly flamingoes and, possibly, camels.
I am going on both with the fauna and flora; but I have at least done my insects well.
Does not the strange fauna and flora which we have seen convince you that you are not in the world of your birth?
All about us was a flora and fauna as strange and wonderful to us as might have been those upon a distant planet had we suddenly been miraculously transported through ether to an unknown world.
The two took long walks through the untouched jungle, exploring their little island, and never failing to find some new and wonderful proof of Nature's creative power among its flora and fauna.
The weird flora and fauna of Caspak were as possible under the thick, warm atmospheric conditions of the super-heated crater as they were in the Mesozoic era under almost exactly similar conditions, which were then probably world-wide.