fauna

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fauna a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
    • n fauna all the animal life in a particular region or period "the fauna of China","the zoology of the Pliocene epoch"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fauna (Zoöl) The animals of any given area or epoch; as, the fauna of America; fossil fauna; recent fauna.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fauna The total of the animal life of a given region or period; the sum of the animals living in a given area or time: a term corresponding to flora in respect of plants: as, the fauna of America; a fossil fauna; the recent fauna; the land and water faunæ of the globe.
    • n fauna A treatise upon the animals of any geographical area or geological period.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fauna fawn′a animals collectively, or those of a particular country, or of a particular geological period
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL.: cf. F. faune,. See Faun
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. faunus, from favēre, fautum, to favour.

Usage

In literature:

This is indeed a rich vertebrate fauna, and the earliest known reptilian fauna.
"A New Genus of Pennsylvania Fish (Crossoperygii, Coelacanthiformes) from Kansas" by Joan Echols
He undoubtedly belongs, however, to a geological stratum whose fauna has died out.
"In Paradise" by Paul Heyse
This insect has rather an interesting history in connexion with our British fauna.
"Wild Bees, Wasps and Ants" by Edward Saunders
He read many books on flora and fauna.
"The Voice of the Pack" by Edison Marshall
The fauna and flora of the Oligocene strata show that the climate was still sub-tropical, though somewhat cooling down from the Eocene.
"The Geological Story of the Isle of Wight" by J. Cecil Hughes
The Australian fauna is almost unique in its character.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
The fauna and flora are both comparatively meagre.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
This view is supported by Neumayr's comparison of Jurassic faunas throughout the world.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
The climate swung to and from glacial to subtropical; fauna succeeded fauna.
"A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open" by Theodore Roosevelt
Like St Helena, the island does not possess any indigenous vertebrate land fauna.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
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In poetry:

For about him till the very end were still
those he had studied, the fauna of the night,
and shades that still waited to enter
the bright circle of his recognition
"In Memory of Sigmund Freud " by W H Auden

In news:

The sign marks the beginning of the trail featuring a number of points of interest, including flora and fauna indigenous to the park.
European boars are said to be hazardous for Mexican fauna.
Flora & Fauna Department: West Watch.
The Fauna bar is sandwiched between Xolo Taqueria and the Flora restaurant in Oakland's Uptown.
Trudge through the muck of our local salt marshes and oyster reefs - habitats crucial to our area's coastal flora and fauna - without getting your shoes dirty.
Global climate change may have long-term benefits for the world's marine flora and fauna.
Flora and fauna part of discussion of Plum Island's future.
Flora and fauna part of discussion of Plum Island's future Southeastern Connecticut News, Sports, Weather and Video The Day newspaper.
Backyard flora , fauna fascinates.
World-famous primatologist Jane Goodall recently asked Montreal-based animal rescue organization the Fauna Foundation to create music around the vocalizations of chimpanzees.
Some of Kid Koala 's space fauna.
Light to medium showers covered the flora and fauna at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge as a storm moved through the Southland on Friday, Nov 30, 2012.
Went to Hawaii several years back and learned a lot of interesting tidbits about the local flora and fauna.
Rick Lavender, who spends many of his work days writing about the flora and fauna of Georgia, took a trip back in time for inspiration when he decided to write his first fictional book.
The zoo hosts educational programs, special events and tours for patrons to learn more about our native fauna.
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In science:

We hope that this schema brings more and deeper order into the rich fauna of nonmonotonic and related logics.
Size and Logic
It also strengthened measures for the conservation of flora a nd fauna, and set up standards for waste management.
Astronomy in Antarctica
Operating alongside SCAR are a number of bodies that have been set up by further international treaties in order to manage the conservation of flora and fauna in and around Antarctica, including particularly that in the Southern Ocean.
Astronomy in Antarctica
Fauna of the Price River II Quarry of eastern Utah.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
The fauna of the Arundel Formation of Maryland. U.S.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
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