Meaning of defaunated in English:


Pronunciation /diːˈfɔːneɪtɪd/


  • 1Designating a host organism or a part of its body from which parasitic or symbiotic protozoans or invertebrates have been removed; specifically designating a ruminant or rumen from which ciliate protozoans have been eliminated.

  • 2Designating a region, habitat, etc., in which (certain) animal life has been destroyed.


1920s; earliest use found in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. From de- + fauna + -ated, after depopulated.