faun

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n faun ancient Italian deity in human shape, with horns, pointed ears and a goat's tail; equivalent to Greek satyr
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Faun (Rom. Myth) A god of fields and shipherds, diddering little from the satyr. The fauns are usually represented as half goat and half man. "Satyr or Faun , or Sylvan."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n faun In Roman mythology, one of a class of demigods or rural deities, sometimes confounded with satyrs. The form of the fauns was originally human, but with a short goat's tail, pointed ears, and small horns; later they were represented with the hind legs of a goat, thus taking the type of the Greek Pan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Faun a Roman rural deity, protector of shepherds
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Faunus, fr. favere, to be favorable. See Favor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. faunus, from favēre, fautum, to favour.

Usage

In literature:

Nick lived in that section of Chicago known as Englewood, which is not so sylvan as it sounds, but appropriate enough for a faun.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
She gave me a cast of her faun's head.
"Turn About Eleanor" by Ethel M. Kelley
These fauns and satyrs are my friends; and if you will join our company, I can promise you a merry life and a long one.
"Harper's Young People, April 20, 1880" by Various
The dire confusions of pernicious war, The satyrs, fauns, and Bacchus, all abhor.
"Ebrietatis Encomium" by Boniface Oinophilus
Fairies and goblins, fauns and spirits, these are but names and personifications of a real life.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
The man outside balanced on the sill, crouching like a faun, head high, one elbow on knee.
"The Moon is Green" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
Faun (Mary), her ancestry, 585.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
A tournament with spectators, a Faun riding a lion, a "Triumph of Bacchus" with panthers, are among such essays.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
He came like Pan, or a faun, or any other woodland thing, with no sound of his approach, not even that of oaten pipes.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
Mamise was amazed to find that the strenuous business man had so much of the faun in his soul.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
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In poetry:

Said the faun to the will-o'-the-wisp:
"You are fey, you are fair!"
Said the will-o'-the-wisp to the faun:
"If I be, have a care!"
"Witch-Fire" by George Sterling
It was far on the marsh that she fled;
It was far from the dawn.
Now the winds of the morning have found
Not her light nor the faun.
"Witch-Fire" by George Sterling
"I faun' the sweat rin cauld doon my back,
An' trickle into my shune,
But I hadna the power to lift my heid,
To see wha played abune.
"The Piper's Tree" by Alexander Anderson
Said the faun to the will-o'-the-wisp:
"You are fugitive, far!"
Said the will-o'-the-wisp to the faun:
"But more near than the star."
"Witch-Fire" by George Sterling
Said the faun to the will-o'-the-wisp:
"You are white, you are cold!"
Said the will-o'-the-wisp to the faun:
"I am fire to the bold."
"Witch-Fire" by George Sterling
To shape and use. Arise and fly
The reeling Faun, the sensual feast;
Move upward, working out the beast,
And let the ape and tiger die.
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: 118." by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

Faun and a Pan Flute – "Sunset Dolphin Boat Ride '98".
UMD " Faun " on video.
From the V-Roys and the Features to Faun Fables, friendships are formed and tours become routed around seeing Possibility City yet again.
Faun Fables' animated music.
Faun 's not afraid of technology, so their synths occasionally bubble in very modern ways.
Fauns road meets the sky fauns.
MUSIC There is just no easy way to define longtime Oakland band, Faun Fables.
Christian Viveros-Faune appears in the following.
Christian Viveros-Faune, Village Voice art critic, and Roberta Smith, an art critic for the New York Times, discuss what's on view in New York's art galleries this fall and how the economic climate is affecting galleries.
Fauns, 'Success,' cruising-spot ghosts and translating as ' erotic '.
Fauns, 'Success,' cruising-spot ghosts and translating as an " erotic act".
The Afternoon of a Faun is the ambiguous fragrance for everyone.
But now v is releasing a perfume line, The Afternoon of a Faun, for for Etat Libre D'Orange.
Square Dance, created by George Balanchine in 1957, combines Vivaldi with the traditional folk dance — just the kind of juxtaposition Balanchine loved best PAB recently acquired the rights to Jerome Robbins' Afternoon of the Faun.
Debussy's symphonic poem "Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun".
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