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faun

[fawn] /fɔn/
noun, Classical Mythology
1.
one of a class of rural deities represented as men with the ears, horns, tail, and later also the hind legs of a goat.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English (< Old French faune) < Latin faunus; cf. Faunus
Related forms
faunlike, adjective
Can be confused
faun, fawn.
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British Dictionary definitions for faun

faun

/fɔːn/
noun
1.
(in Roman legend) a rural deity represented as a man with a goat's ears, horns, tail, and hind legs
Derived Forms
faunlike, adjective
Word Origin
C14: back formation from Faunes (plural), from Latin Faunus
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Word Origin and History for faun
n.

late 14c., from Latin Faunus, a word of unknown origin. A god of the countryside, worshipped especially by farmers and shepherds, equivalent of Greek Pan. Formerly men with goat horns and tails, later with goat legs, which caused them to be assimilated to satyrs, but they have diverged again lately.

The faun is now regarded rather as the type of unsophisticated & the satyr of unpurified man; the first is man still in intimate communion with Nature, the second is man still swayed by bestial passions. [Fowler]
The plural is fauni.

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