Fauna (goddess)


Fauna (goddess)

In Roman mythology, Fauna is an alternate name for:

*Bona Dea, was a goddess of fertility, healing, virginity and women. She may also be known as Marica.
*Ops, a fertility deity and earth-goddess of Sabine origin.
*Terra (goddess), the goddess of the Earth.


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  • fauna — ► NOUN ▪ the animals of a particular region, habitat, or geological period. Compare with FLORA(Cf. ↑flora). DERIVATIVES faunal adjective. ORIGIN Latin, from Fauna, a rural goddess and the sister of Faunus (see FAUN(Cf. ↑faun)) …   English terms dictionary

  • Fauna — For other uses, see fauna (disambiguation). Simplified schematic of an island s fauna all its animal species, highlighted in boxes. Fauna or faunæ is all of the animal life of any particular region or time. The corresponding term for plants is… …   Wikipedia

  • fauna — faunal, adj. faunally, adv. /faw neuh/, n., pl. faunas, faunae / nee/. 1. the animals of a given region or period considered as a whole. 2. a treatise on the animals of a given region or period. 3. (cap.) Rom. Relig. See …   Universalium

  • fauna — [18] Fauna was a Roman goddess of the countryside, sister of Faunus (the Roman equivalent of Greek Pan) who was a nature and fertility god worshipped by shepherds, farmers, etc. The Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus applied her name in 1746 to… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • fauna — [18] Fauna was a Roman goddess of the countryside, sister of Faunus (the Roman equivalent of Greek Pan) who was a nature and fertility god worshipped by shepherds, farmers, etc. The Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus applied her name in 1746 to… …   Word origins

  • fauna — [ fɔ:nə] noun (plural faunae ni: or faunas) the animals of a particular region, habitat, or geological period. Compare with flora. Derivatives faunal adjective faunistic nɪstɪk adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • Goddess of Animals, Crops, Fertility, Prophecy, and Rural Life — Bona Dea or Bona Mater or Fauna (Roman) …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • fauna — n. (pl. faunae or faunas) 1 the animal life of a region or geological period (cf. FLORA). 2 a treatise on or list of this. Derivatives: faunal adj. faunist n. faunistic adj. Etymology: mod.L f. the name of a rural goddess, sister of Faunus: see… …   Useful english dictionary


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