Friday, August 4, 2017

Some Collective Nouns

The English language has some wonderful collective nouns for the various groups of living organisms:
• an Ambush of Tigers, Widows 
• an Army of Caterpillars, Frogs 
• an Aurora of Polar Bears 
• a Babble of Barbers 
• a Band of Robbers 
• a Bask of Crocodiles 
• a Battery of Barracudas 
• a Bed of Clams, Cockles, Mussels, Oysters 
• a Bloat of Hippopotami 
• a Board of Trustees 
• a Brood of Hens, Chickens 
• a Cast of Actors 
• a Charm of Hummingbirds 
• a Choir of Singers 
• a Clan of Hyenas 
• a Class of Students 
• a Clew of Worms 
• a Cloud of Bats, Grasshoppers 
• a Clutter of Spiders 
• a Cohort of Zebras 
• a Colony of Ants, Beavers, Rabbits, Rats, Seals, Termites, Wasps 
• a Company of Parrots 
• a Congregation of Magpies, Worshippers 
• a Congress of Baboons 
• a Crash of Rhinoceroses 
• a Crew of Sailors 
• a Culture of Bacteria 
• a Den of Snakes, Thieves 
• a Destruction of Wildcats 
• an Eloquence of Lawyers 
• an Exaltation of Doves, Larks 
• a Faculty of Academics 
• a Fall of Lambs 
• a Family of Otters, Sardines 
• a Flight of Butterflies, Dragons, Insects, Pigeons, Swallows 
• a Flock of Birds, Camels, Chickens, Lice, Sheep, Tourists, Turkeys 
• a Flush of Ducks 
• a Gaggle of Geese, Women 
• a Gang of Buffalos, Hoodlums, Workmen 
• a Herd of Cattle, Cows, Dinosaurs, Llamas, Moose, Seahorses, Swans, Yaks 
• a Host of Angels 
• a Huddle of Walruses 
• an Illusion of Magicians 
• an Intrusion of Cockroaches 
• a Knot of Toads 
• a Leap of Leopards 
• a Litter of Pups 
• a Mess of Iguanas 
• a Mischief of Mice 
• a Mob of Kangaroos, Wallabyies, Wombats 
• a Murder of Crows, Ravens, Rooks 
• a Nursery of Raccoons 
• an Orchestra of Musicians 
• a Pack of Hounds, Wolves 
• a Parliament of Owls 
• a Picket of Strikers 
• a Pity of Prisoners 
• a Plague of Locusts 
• a Pod of Pelicans 
• a Posse of Police, Sheriffs 
• a Prickle of Porcupines 
• a Pride of Lions, Ostriches 
• a Quiver of Cobras 
• a Rhumba of Rattlesnakes 
• a Rookery of Penguins 
• a Run of Poultry 
• a School of Fish, Porpoises, Whales 
• a Scourge of Mosquitoes 
• a Shiver of Sharks 
• a Shoal of Fish, Mackerels, Minnows 
• a Shrewdness of Apes 
• a Slate of Candidates 
• a Squabble of Seagulls 
• a Squad of Soldiers 
• a Stable of Horses 
• a Stuck of Jellyfish 
• a Stud of Mares 
• a Surfeit of Skunks 
• a Swarm of Bees, Eels, Flies 
• a Team of Athletes, Oxen 
• a Tribe of Natives 
• a Troop of Boy Scouts, Chimps, Monkeys 
• a Troupe of Acrobats, Minstrels, Performers, Shrimps 
• a Watch of Nightingales 

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