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fauna (noun) all the animals of an area or of a particular period.

All the animals in a region or during a period of earth's history are the fauna of the place or of the period. We often use the word as part of the phrase, the flora and fauna, meaning all the plants and animals in a region/period. The fauna of millions of years ago included dinosaurs. That is, dinosaurs were among the animals that roamed the earth millions of years ago. The lion is an important species of the fauna of Asia. That is, the lion is an important species of the Asian region.

  • The gigantic and monstrous land animals which were among the fauna of prehistoric times disappeared suddenly, leaving us guessing the reasons for their extinction.
  • Domestic animals like the cow and the buffalo are among the fauna of almost every habitable region of the earth.
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