Definition of fauna in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The animals of a particular region, habitat, or geological period.

    ‘the flora and fauna of Siberia’
    [count noun] ‘the local Mesozoic rocks and their faunas’
    • ‘Apart from some other things, Sri Lanka is famous for its many rare species of flora and fauna.’
    • ‘This park has a finely balanced natural harmony of flora and fauna.’
    • ‘The En Gedi Nature Reserve is home to the region's most splendid flora and fauna.’
    • ‘However, this union enabled more vigorous exchanges of flora and fauna between Africa and Eurasia.’
    • ‘They both shared a keen interest in the flora and fauna of the region.’
    • ‘The creation of the wildlife garden would help sustain native flora and fauna in the region.’
    • ‘Each of the study teams has come back with a wealth of photographs documenting the flora and fauna in these regions.’
    • ‘Are we really aware of the varied forms of flora and fauna found in the coastal regions of the country?’
    • ‘He said that a sustained preservation of flora and fauna in the forests would ensure good bio-diversity.’
    • ‘The Rangers' goal is to reintroduce native flora and fauna to the city's parks.’
    • ‘An international team of scientists descended on the area to study its diverse flora and fauna.’
    • ‘Divers from all over the world enthuse about the underwater flora and fauna found in the depths of Cork's best dive sites.’
    • ‘He is particularly interested in studying the flora and fauna of the regions they plan to pass through.’
    • ‘The shore is listed as an area of outstanding natural beauty and has a huge variety of flora and fauna.’
    • ‘We only have a fraction of the flora and fauna that were there at first - the fossil record bears that out.’
    • ‘The sheer variety of marine flora and fauna is enough to floor visitors.’
    • ‘Australia is home to more than one million species of flora and fauna, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.’
    • ‘Nature, with her infinite variety of flora and fauna, is God's gift to humans.’
    • ‘Even different species of flora and fauna find a place of reverence.’
    • ‘A slide show was organised after the talk, in which children were told about the role of flora and fauna in the ecosystem.’
    living things, living beings, living creatures, the living
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A book or other work detailing the animal life of a region.
      • ‘A similar instance can be found in other published faunas.’


Late 18th century: modern Latin application of Fauna, the name of a rural goddess, sister of Faunus.