FAUN, n. In Latin mythology, a kind of rural diety. The godhood of the fauns was pretty nearly a sinecure, their duties consisting mainly in having pointed ears and liaisons with the nymphs. There were lady fauns (faunae) and these fauned on the satyrs.
2008 Update: A creature bearing traits of both man and goat which the Romans were pleased to pretend was a hybrid. Some ancient mythmaker's autobiography.