The animals that are characteristic of the rain forest are an example of its fauna.
The fauna of North America.
Other Word Forms
Origin of fauna
- Late Latin Fauna sister of Faunus
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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'.