megafauna

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mega- +‎ fauna

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megafauna (plural megafaunas or megafauna)

  1. The large animals of a given region or time, considered as a group.
    • 1981, William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, London: Rider/Hutchinson & Co., page 131:
      The extinction of the Pleistocene megafauna had ended there long before it had in Europe, and so a "broad spectrum" of food collecting had been going on for some time.
  2. A treatise on such a group of large animals.

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Noun[edit]

megafauna f (plural megafaunas)

  1. (zoology) megafauna