The fauns dance to the violins and hautboys, until the play begins.
They were identical with fauns, Panes or Sylvani, the human-goat wood-spirits.
The Sylvans, were, like the fauns and Satyrs, the guardian deities of the woods and wild places of the earth.
Reference is made to fauns and naiads in Milton's "Lycidas."
Fairies and goblins, fauns and spirits, these are but names and personifications of a real life.
This race of fauns was the most delightful of all that antiquity imagined.
Mr. Hamlin had vague ideas of dryads and fauns, but at that moment would have bet something on the chances of their survival.
It was the mirth of fauns, the mischief of Elves and Brownies.
Their lives seemed linked to that of the trees, like those of fauns or Dryads.
Nor have the dryads and the fauns been frighted away for good.
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.
The Roman name for satyrs, mythical creatures who were part man and part goat.