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[meg-uh-faw-nuh] /ˈmɛg əˌfɔ nə/
noun, Ecology
land animals of a given area that can be seen with the unaided eye.
Origin of megafauna Unabridged
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Examples from the web for megafauna
  • Others argue that the discovery of megafauna such as whales prompted stories of dragons.
  • The place was full of charismatic megafauna, as biologists say in moments of attempted clarity.
  • The impact of these changes on megafauna such as great cats has been profound.
  • Immediately recognizable, these particular species epitomize charismatic megafauna.
  • The countryside, once teeming with charismatic megafauna, is eerily vacant.
  • It is an attention-grabbing, nifty story about charismatic megafauna living in a strange wilderness.
  • More likely are theories that other mythological animals are cultural memory of extinct megafauna.
  • Their adaptation required far-ranging seasonal migrations, following herds of megafauna such as the mammoth and mastodon.
  • Towards improved understanding of the diversity and abundance patterns of the mid-ocean ridge macro- and megafauna.
British Dictionary definitions for megafauna


the component of the fauna of a region or period that comprises the larger terrestrial animals
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megafauna in Science
Large or relatively large animals of a particular place or time period. Saber-toothed tigers and mastodons belong to the extinct megafauna of the Oligocene and Pleistocene Epochs.
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