Definition of Fauna

1. Noun. All the animal life in a particular region or period. "The zoology of the Pliocene epoch"

Exact synonyms: Zoology
Generic synonyms: Accumulation, Aggregation, Assemblage, Collection
Group relationships: Biology, Biota
Specialized synonyms: Avifauna
Member holonyms: Animal Group
Antonyms: Flora

2. Noun. A living organism characterized by voluntary movement.
Exact synonyms: Animal, Animate Being, Beast, Brute, Creature
Generic synonyms: Being, Organism
Examples of category: Ritual Killing, Sacrifice, Tracking, Trailing, Micro-organism, Microorganism, Actinomycete, Trap, Humaneness, Body, Organic Structure, Physical Structure, Side, Nose, Diet, Transmitter, Vector, Sitter, Stander, Wart, Schistosome Dermatitis, Swimmer's Itch, Bone, Debone, Domesticate, Tame, Domesticate, Domesticise, Domesticize, Reclaim, Tame, Drench, Crop, Graze, Pasture, Crested, Topknotted, Tufted, Bone-covered, Free-swimming, Unattached, Hispid, Flesh-eating, Meat-eating, Zoophagous, Phytophagic, Phytophagous, Phytophilous, Plant-eating, All-devouring, Insectivorous, Epizootic, Adult, Big, Full-grown, Fully Grown, Grown, Grownup, Half-blooded, Half-bred, Half-breed, Registered, Unregistered, Gregarious, Social
Group relationships: Animal Kingdom, Animalia, Kingdom Animalia
Specialized synonyms: Pest, Critter, Creepy-crawly, Darter, Peeper, Homeotherm, Homoiotherm, Homotherm, Ectotherm, Poikilotherm, Range Animal, Varment, Varmint, Scavenger, Work Animal, Domestic Animal, Domesticated Animal, Feeder, Migrator, Molter, Moulter, Pet, Stayer, Stunt, Marine Animal, Marine Creature, Sea Animal, Sea Creature, Female, Male, Adult, Offspring, Young, Pureblood, Purebred, Thoroughbred, Giant, Survivor, Mutant, Herbivore, Insectivore, Acrodont, Pleurodont, Zooplankton, Conceptus, Embryo, Fertilized Egg, Chordate, Invertebrate, Metazoan, Omnivore, Predator, Predatory Animal, Prey, Quarry, Game, Hexapod, Biped, Larva, Racer, Fictional Animal, Captive, Mate
Terms within: Animal Tissue
Terms within: Caput, Head, Face
Derivative terms: Animalise, Animalize, Beastly, Bestial, Create

Definition of Fauna

1. n. The animals of any given area or epoch; as, the fauna of America; fossil fauna; recent fauna.

Definition of Fauna

1. Noun. animals considered as a group; especially those of a particular country, region, time, etc. ¹

2. Noun. a book, cataloguing the animals of a country etc. ¹

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Definition of Fauna

1. the animal life of a particular region [n -NAS or -NAE] : FAUNAL [adj], FAUNALLY [adv]

Medical Definition of Fauna

1. Animal life. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fauna

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fauna (current term)

Literary usage of Fauna

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1876)
"Foothill fauna,— a belt of the upper Austral along the western lower ... Sierra Nevada fauna,— the transition life zone of the Sierra Nevada mountains. 7. ..."

2. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History by American Museum of Natural History (1907)
"A LOWER MIOCENE fauna FROM SOUTH DAKOTA. BY WD MATTHEW. One of the principal desiderata of students of fossil mammals in this ..."

3. Bulletin by Ohio State Geologist, Ohio Division of Geological Survey (1909)
"The fauna shows pretty clearly that there could have been no immediate connection with ... The fauna of the Delaware limestone and the Olentangy shale is ..."

4. Types of Mankind Or, Ethnological Researches: Or, Ethnological Researches by Josiah Clark Nott, George Robins Gliddon, Samuel George Morton, Louis Agassiz, William Usher, Henry Stuart Patterson (1855)
"Ca Apa,*« fauna } to the temperate »nge of th. , D — a Chinese fauna, in the warmer part. E— a Central-Mongolian fauna. F-— a Caspian (western) fauna. III. ..."

5. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1900)
"One of the most important results of recent Arctic exploration is the discovery of a true deep-sea fauna. An address delivered recently to the German ..."

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