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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun fauna:


Comparison of usage frequency between the noun fauna and its most common antonym:


Fauna (animals of a period o region) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the noun fauna

What does fauna mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: faunas / faunae (less preferred form)

  1. all the animal life in a particular region or period
    • example: the fauna of China
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of fauna: zoology
    • antonym of fauna: flora
    • more generic words: accumulation / aggregation / assemblage / collection = several things grouped together or considered as a whole
    • more specific word: avifauna = the birds of a particular region or period
    • member of: biology / biota = all the plant and animal life of a particular region
    • member: animal group = a group of animals
  2. a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
    • lexical domain: Tops - unique beginner for nouns
    • synonyms of fauna: animal / animate being / beast / brute / creature
    • more generic words: being / organism = a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
    • more specific terms:
      • pest = any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.
      • critter = a regional term for `creature'
      • creepy-crawly = an animal that creeps or crawls
      • darter = a person or other animal that moves abruptly and rapidly
      • peeper = an animal that makes short high-pitched sounds
      • homoiotherm / homeotherm / homotherm = an animal that has a body temperature that is relatively constant and independent of the environmental temperature
      • poikilotherm / ectotherm = an animal whose body temperature varies with the temperature of its surroundings
      • range animal = any animal that lives and grazes in the grassy open land of western North America
      • varment / varmint = any usually predatory wild animal considered undesirable
      • scavenger = any animal that feeds on refuse and other decaying organic matter
      • work animal = an animal trained for and used for heavy labor
      • domesticated animal / domestic animal = any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment
      • feeder = an animal that feeds on a particular source of food
      • migrator = an animal (especially birds and fish) that travels between different habitats at particular times of the year
      • moulter / molter = an animal (especially birds and arthropods and reptiles) that periodically shed their outer layer
      • pet = a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement
      • stayer = a person or other animal having powers of endurance or perseverance
      • stunt = a creature (especially a whale) that has been prevented from attaining full growth
      • marine creature / marine animal / sea creature / sea animal = any of numerous animals inhabiting the sea including e.g. fishes and molluscs and many mammals
      • female = an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes
      • male = an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes
      • adult = any mature animal
      • offspring / young = any immature animal
      • thoroughbred / pureblood / purebred = a pedigreed animal of unmixed lineage
      • giant = any creature of exceptional size
      • survivor = an animal that survives in spite of adversity
      • mutant = an animal that has undergone mutation
      • herbivore = any animal that feeds chiefly on grass and other plants
      • insectivore = any organism that feeds mainly on insects
      • acrodont = an animal having teeth consolidated with the summit of the alveolar ridge without sockets
      • pleurodont = an animal having teeth fused with the inner surface of the alveolar ridge without sockets
      • zooplankton = animal constituent of plankton
      • fertilized egg / conceptus / embryo = an animal organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation that in higher forms merge into fetal stages but in lower forms terminate in commencement of larval life
      • chordate = any animal of the phylum Chordata having a notochord or spinal column
      • invertebrate = any animal lacking a backbone or notochord
      • metazoan = any animal of the subkingdom Metazoa
      • omnivore = an animal that feeds on both animal and vegetable substances
      • predatory animal / predator = any animal that lives by preying on other animals
      • quarry / prey = animal hunted or caught for food
      • game = animal hunted for food or sport
      • hexapod = an animal having six feet
      • biped = an animal with two feet
      • larva = the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
      • racer = an animal that races
      • fictional animal = animals that exist only in fiction
      • captive = an animal that is confined
      • mate = the partner of an animal
    • parts:
      • caput / head = the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals
      • face = the part of an animal corresponding to the human face
    • member of: animal kingdom / Animalia / kingdom Animalia = taxonomic kingdom comprising all living or extinct animals
    • substance: animal tissue = the tissue in the bodies of animals

Alternative definition of the noun fauna


  1. [uncountable] animals considered as a group; especially those of a particular country, region, time, etc.
  2. [countable] a book, cataloguing the animals of a country etc.


  1. Fauna is a musical group, webpage.
  2. Fauna is a musical group.
    • albums: "Have U Ever Talked to Angels?", "Intervals", "Dreamless"
    • official website:
  3. Fauna is a musical group.
    • album: "La manita de Fauna"

There are other groups with in their name, like Halo Fauna and Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna.


  1. Fauna is a fictional character from the 2008 film Delta.
  2. Fauna is a fictional film character.
  3. Fauna is a fictional film character.


  1. "Fauna" is the debut album by Danish recording artist Oh Land. It was released in Denmark on 10 November 2008 by Danish independent label Fake Diamond Records. The album received generally positive acclaim in her home country.
  2. "Fauna" is a musical album of Salonski.
    • released on
  3. "Fauna" is a musical album of Jneiro Jarel.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  4. "Fauna" is a musical EP of Taiga.
    • released on (16 years ago)


Fauna is an award-nominated game.


  1. Fauna is all of the animal life of any particular region or time. The corresponding term for plants is flora. Flora, fauna and other forms of life such as fungi are collectively referred to as biota. Zoologists and paleontologists use fauna to refer to a typical collection of animals found in a specific time or place, e.g. the "Sonoran Desert fauna" or the "Burgess Shale fauna". Paleontologists sometimes refer to a sequence of faunal stages, which is a series of rocks all containing similar fossils.
    • also known as 動物相
  2. Fauna: In ancient Roman religion, Fauna is a goddess said in differing ancient sources to be the wife, sister, or daughter of Faunus. Varro regarded her as the female counterpart of Faunus, and said that the fauni all had prophetic powers. She is also called Fatua or Fenta Fauna.
  3. Fauna a.k.a. FAU neighboring area cluster is a gene.

Phrases with Fauna

  1. Euxoa Fauna
  2. Villa Fauna
  3. Naatlo Fauna
  4. Parasa Fauna
  5. Anahita fauna
  6. Anthrax Fauna
  7. Hepialus Fauna
  8. Wyeomyia Fauna
  9. Volvarina Fauna
  10. Clonistria Fauna
  11. Hipparchia Fauna
  12. Marginella Fauna
  13. Bolostromus fauna
  14. Marasmarcha Fauna
  15. Species Euxoa Fauna
  16. Species Villa Fauna
  17. Mimaeseoptilus Fauna
  18. species Naatlo fauna
  19. Species Parasa Fauna
  20. Species Anahita Fauna

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fauna

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Google previewExcel Basic Skills Comprehension and Written Expression (1999)

by Alan Horsfield

The penalty for keeping endangered fauna is a fine of $4000 or imprisonment for l 2 months. The penalty for keeping marine mammals and threatened native fauna is a $ l 0 000 fine or imprisonment for two years. As the regulations are ...

Google previewGeological Survey Professional Paper (1970)

The Kern River early and middle Miocene molluscan fauna is the largest yet known ...

Google previewLate Paleocene-early Eocene Climatic and Biotic Events in the Marine and Terrestrial Records (1998)

by Marie-Pierre Aubry, Spencer G. Lucas, William A. Berggren

turtle fauna, the early Eocene turtle fauna is the most diverse in the Cenozoic Era (Hutchison and Archibald 1986; Hutchison 1992). A combination of events contributed to this rise, ...

Google previewGrassland Invertebrates (1994)

Ecology, Influence on Soil Fertility and Effects on Plant Growth by J. P. Curry

However, an important difference between the latter two methods of utilization from the point of view of the organic matter cycle and the invertebrate decomposer fauna is that in the case of grazing systems there is a high return of ingested ...

Google previewEvolutionary Paleoecology (2012)

The Ecological Context of Macroevolutionary Change by Warren Allmon, David J. Bottjer

For example, it has been proposed that the reason biological invasions of marine organisms into the San Francisco Bay has not had devastating effects on the native fauna is that the Bay is a highly variable estuarine system that creates a ...

Google previewTropical Estuarine Fishes (2008)

Ecology, Exploration and Conservation by Stephen J. M. Blaber

The Campeche Sound fish fauna is a mixture of a tropical shallow-water sciaenid community together with various gerreids, haemulids and upeneids more characteristic of Iutjanid and sparid communities (Longhurst & Pauly 1987).

Google previewThe Dry Forests and Woodlands of Africa (2010)

Managing for Products and Services by Emmanuel N. Chidumayo, Davison J. Gumbo

However, the wild herbivore fauna is the most diverse, ...

Google previewWiley-Blackwell Student Dictionary of Human Evolution (2015)

by Bernard Wood

the Swartkrans fauna) or (b) all of the animals...

The fauna at a paleoanthropological site is described in the form of a faunal (or taxon) list that catalogues, in rank ...

Google previewLexicon of Parasites and Diseases in Livestock (2013)

Including Parasites and Diseases of All Farm and Domestic Animals, Free-Living Wild Fauna, Fishes, Honeybee and Silkworm, and Parasites of Products of Animal Origin by Manuel Merino-Rodríguez

Including Parasites and Diseases of All Farm and Domestic Animals, Free-Living Wild Fauna, Fishes, Honeybee and Silkworm, and Parasites of Products of Animal Origin Manuel Merino-Rodríguez. PREFACE The present lexicon is divided ...

Google previewLexicon of Geologic Names of the United States: M-Z (1957)

Second Guelph fauna, upper Shelby dol., S to 10 ft. ; (2) Lockport dolomites, 32 ft. ; (3) first Guelph fauna, lower Shelby dol., :: ft. ; (4) Lockport dolomites (largely covered), 62+ ft.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Caves and Karst Science (2004)

by John Gunn

The troglobitic fauna of the highlands of southern Mexico typically contains the same groups as that of the Sierra Madre ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Earth and Space Science (2010)

by Timothy M. Kusky, Katherine E. Cullen

Sketches of some of the remarkable fauna from the Burgess. The timing of Gondwana's amalgamation coincides ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Dinosaurs (1997)

by Philip J. Currie, Kevin Padian

In recent years, research has shown that there are considerable dinosaur remains in the Cedar Mountain Formation and that instead of preserving only one dinosaur fauna correlative with the Cloverly Formation, it preserves three successive ...

Google previewWiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Human Evolution, 2 Volume Set (2011)

by Bernard Wood

fauna (L. fauna = in Roman mythology the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Caves (2012)

by William B. White, David C. Culver

A subterranean fauna is encountered in any kind of consolidated or unconsolidated rocks, as long as obscure, climatically...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Time (2013)

by Samuel L. Macey

The Burgess Shale fauna (medial Cambrian age) of British Columbia comprises numerous remains of organisms composed only of carbon films, coated by silicate films. The preserved animals were presumably transported from shallower ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Soil Science (2007)

by Ward Chesworth

FAUNA. Fallout is the process by which particles carried into the atmosphere fall back to the surface. As a noun it is the accumulated particles, usually contaminated (with radioactive nuclides for example), formed in this way. Caesium‐137, is ...

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Small photo of Poznan, Poland - April 30, 2018: Giganotosaurus creating terror with green fauna soft backgroundSmall photo of Colorada lagoon with flamingos on the plateau Altiplano, Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, BoliviaSmall photo of Geneva, Switzerland, March 10, 2018 Natural History Museum, Museum d'Histoire naturelle, exhibit, regional fauna, local stuffed and preserved animals as aliveSmall photo of playa, fauna, fotografiaSmall photo of High-altitude lagoon with flamingos on the plateau Altiplano, Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, BoliviaSmall photo of Lamas on the Colorada lagoon with flamingos on the plateau Altiplano, Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, BoliviaSmall photo of Brazilian Fauna in captivity More...

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Quotes about Fauna

A man's interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town. (Henry David Thoreau)
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Scrabble value of F4A1U1N1A1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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