Collective Nouns

 
In linguistics, a collective noun is the name of a number or collection of people or things taken together and spoken of as one whole. For example, in the phrase "an army of ants", army is a collective noun.
                 
ants - army / colony / swarm of ants
bacteria - culture / sleuth of bacteria
bears - sleuth of bears
bears - pack of bears
(polar
bears)
beavers - colony / lodge of beavers
bees - flight / hive / swarm of bees
birds - congregation / flight / flock of birds
boar - herd / singular / sounder of boar
buffalo - herd of buffalo
butterflies - rabble / swarm of butterflies
camels - flock of camels
caterpillars - army of caterpillars
cats - pounce of cats
cats - litter of cats (kittens)
cattle - herd / team of cattle
chickens - brood / flock of chickens
chimpanzees - cartload of chimpanzees
cobras - quiver of cobras
cranes - sedge / siege of cranes
crocodiles - congregation / float of crocodiles
crows - murder of crows
deer - herd / leash / parcel of deer
dogs - kennel / pack of dogs
dogs - litter of dogs (puppies)
dolphins - pod of dolphins
donkeys - drove / herd / pace of donkeys
doves - bevy / flight of doves
ducks - flush / raft / team of ducks
elephants - herd / memory / parade of elephants
fish - school / shoal of fish
flies - swarm of flies
frogs - army / colony / knot of frogs
geese - flock / gaggle of geese
giraffes - corps / herd of giraffes
goats - herd / tribe of goats
goldfish - glint of goldfish
gorillas - band of gorillas
hens - brood of hens
horses - herd of horses
hummingbirds - charm of hummingbirds
kangaroos - herd / mob / troop of kangaroos
leopards - leap / leep of leopards
lions - pride of lions
monkeys - tribe / troop / troup of monkeys
owls - parliament of owls
oxen - herd / drove of oxen
oysters - bed of oysters
parrots - company of parrots
peacocks - muster of peacocks
penguins - colony / flock of penguins
pigs - drove / herd / litter of pigs
pigs - farrow of pigs (piglets)
rabbits - bury / colony of rabbits
rats - colony / horde of rats
rhinocerouses - crash of rhinocerouses
shark - school / shiver of shark
sheep - flock / drove of sheep
snakes - nest / den of snakes
sparrows - host of sparrows
squirrels - dray / scurry of squirrels
tigers - ambush / streak of tigers
toads - knot of toads
whales - herd / school of whales
wolves - herd / pack of wolves
yaks - herd of yaks
zebras - herd / zeal of zebras


 
 
 
 
 
 
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