faun

[fawn]
noun Classical Mythology.
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:
1325–75; Middle English (< Old French faune) < Latin faunus; cf. Faunus

faunlike, adjective

faun, fawn.
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faun (fɔːn)
 
n
(in Roman legend) a rural deity represented as a man with a goat's ears, horns, tail, and hind legs
 
[C14: back formation from Faunes (plural), from Latin Faunus]
 
'faunlike
 
adj

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