A Collection Of Collective Nouns

penguins - a waddle

We often call a number of similar or identical things taken together a ‘group’ of things but there are some things that have a specific name when they are referred to as a single group. The name comes under the descriptive term of a ‘collective noun’. Some famous examples are a flock of birds, a pride of lions or a herd of cows.

I don’t know who has final say on what a specific term for a particular grouping is or how they decide on the name, but it is clear from my list below that whoever they are they have a weird and wonderful imagination! 🙂

(Some of the names may not be exclusive to the noun shown).

Apes come in groups called a shrewdness or a troop.
Armadillo come in groups called a roll.
Bats come in groups called a colony or a cloud.
Bloodhounds come in groups called a sute.
Bobolinks come in groups called a chain. (Chain – Links. Geddit?) 🙂
Butterflies come in groups called a flight, a flutter or a kaleidoscope.
Caterpillars come in groups called an army.
Cheetahs come in groups called a coalition.
Cockroaches come in groups called an intrusion.
Cormorants come in groups called a gulp.
Crows come in groups called a murder, a horde, a parcel, or a storytelling.
Doves come in groups called an arc, a dule, a bevy, a cote, or a paddling.
Eagles come in groups called a convocation, or an aerie.
Finches come in groups called a charm.
Flamingoes come in groups called a stand, or a flamboyance.
Gnus come in groups called an implausibility.
Guinea pigs come in groups called a muddle.
Hamsters come in groups called a horde.
Hippopotamuses come in groups called a bloat.
Husbands come in groups called a couch or a bench.
Hyenas come in groups called a cackle.
Ibis come in groups called a congregation, a stand or a wedge.
Jellyfish come in groups called a smack, or a brood.
Kangaroos come in groups called a mob. (Or a troop or a herd).
Koala come in groups called a cling.
Kittens come in groups called a kindle, a litter or, my personal favourite, an intrigue.
Ladybirds come in groups called a loveliness.
Leopards come in groups called a leap.
Mice come in groups called a mischief.
Moles come in groups called a labor, a company or a movement.
Nightingales come in groups called a watch.
Owls come in groups called a parliament or a stare.
Parrots come in groups called a pandemonium.
Quail come in groups called a bevy, a covey or a drift.
Rattlesnakes come in groups called a rhumba.
Rhinosceroses come in groups called stubbornness or a CRASH!
Squirrels come in groups called a scurry.
Sharks come in groups called a shivver.
Tigers come in groups called an ambush.
Vultures come in groups called a committee or a kettle, but those feeding on a corpse are known as a wake!
Walruses come in groups called a herd or a pod, but I like a huddle best.
Wombats come in groups called a wisdom!
Woodpeckers come in groups called a descent.
Zebra come in groups called a herd, or a zeal or a dazzle.

I have not yet found a definitive name for a group of collective nouns (such as the one above). A list is a little too obvious and a collection can apply to just about any grouping so i’m going to call them a ponderance and see if enough people come along for the ride so that it may become ‘official’. 🙂

 

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