- Fauna are defined as the animals characteristic of a particular time period or a particular location.
The animals that are characteristic of the rain forest are an example of its fauna.
nounpl. fau·nas or fau·nae
- (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Animals, especially the animals of a particular region or period, considered as a group.
- A catalog of the animals of a specific region or period.
Origin of faunaLate Latin Fauna, sister of Faunus.
(plural faunae or faunas or faunæ)
New Latin, from Latin Fauna, sister of Faunus 'god of forests and herdsmen'; akin to Ancient Greek θαῦνον (thaunon, “wild animal, beast”), thýs 'jackal, wild dog; panther', Phrygian dáos 'wolf'.