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A collective of nouns, (alternatives in brackets)

Birds

  • A colony of auks (flock, raft)
  • A colony of avocets
  • A flock of birds (dissimulation, fleet, flight, parcel, pod, volary, )
  • A sedge of bitterns (siege)
  • A chain of bobolinks
  • A bellowing of bullfinches
  • A flock of bustards
  • A wake of buzzards
  • A tok of capercaillies
  • A muse of capons
  • A brood of chickens (cletch, clutch, peep)
  • A chattering of choughs (clattering)
  • A covert of coots ( commotion, cover, fleet, flock, pod, rasp, swarm)
  • A flight of cormorants (gulp)
  • A sedge of cranes (herd, sedge, siege)
  • A murder of crows ( hover, muster, parcel)
  • A head of curlews (herd)
  • A trip of dotterel
  • A dole of doves ( dule, flight, piteousness, pitying, prettying)
  • A flush of ducks (badelynge, brace, bunch, dopping, flock, paddling, plump, raft, skein, sord, string, team)
  • A flight of dunbirds (rush)
  • A fling of dunlins
  • A convocation of eagles (aerie)
  • A cast of falcons
  • A charm of finches (chirm, trembling, trimming)
  • A stand of flamingos
  • A gaggle of geese (flock, plump, skein, team, wedge)
  • A charm of goldfinches (chattering, drum, troubling)
  • A dopping of goosanders
  • A flight of goshawks
  • A covey of grouse (brace, brood, flight, pack)
  • A bazaar of guillemots
  • A colony of gulls
  • A mews of hawks (aerie, cast, kettle, mew, moulting, screw, stream)
  • A brood of hens
  • A sedge of herons (flight, hedge, rookery, siege)
  • A charm of hummingbirds (chattering, drum, troubling)
  • A colony of ibises
  • A band of jays (party, scold)
  • A desert of lapwings (deceit)
  • A parcel of linnets
  • An exaltation of larks (ascension, bevy, flight)
  • A congregation of magpies (charm, flock, gulp, murder, tiding, tittering, tribe, )
  • A sord of mallards (flush, puddling, sute)
  • A plump of moorhens
  • A fleet of mudhens
  • A watch of nightingales (match, pray)
  • A pride of ostriches (flock)
  • A parliament of owls (stare)
  • A fling of oxbirds
  • A company of parrots (flock, pandemonium, psittacosis)
  • A covey of partridges (bevy, bew, clutch, warren)
  • A muster of peacocks (ostentation, pride)
  • A pod of pelicans (scoop)
  • A colony of penguins (parcel, rookery)
  • A cadge of peregrines
  • A nye of pheasants (bouquet, head, nide, warren, )
  • A flight of pigeons (flock, kit, passel, )
  • A knob of pintail [small number]
  • A congregation of plovers (band, flight, leash, stand, wing)
  • A rush of pochard (flight, knob[small number])
  • A run of poultry
  • A covey of ptarmigans
  • A bevy of quail (covey, drift)
  • An unkindness of ravens (aerie, conspiracy)
  • A crowd of redwings
  • A parliament of rooks (building, clamour, congregation, shoal, wing)
  • A hill of ruffs
  • A fling of sandpipers
  • A cloud of seafowl
  • A squabble of seagulls
  • A dopping of sheldrakes (doading)
  • A walk of snipe (wisp)
  • A host of sparrows (meinie, quarrel, tribe, ubiquity)
  • A murmuration of starlings (chattering, cloud, congregation, clutter)
  • A mustering of storks (flight, phalanx)
  • A flight of swallows (gulp)
  • A herd of swans (bank, bevy, drift, eyrar, game, herd, lamentation, sownder, squadron, team, wedge, whiteness, whiting)
  • A flock of swifts
  • A spring of teals (bunch, coil, knob, raft)
  • A mutation of thrushes
  • A flock of turkeys (dole, dule, raffle, raft, rafter, posse)
  • A pitying of turtledoves
  • A wake of vultures
  • A plump of waterfowl (bunch, knob, raft)
  • A company of widgeon (bunch, coil, flight, knob, trip)
  • A trip of wildfowl (bunch, knob, lute, plump,scry, skein, sord)
  • A fall of woodcock (covey, flight, plump)
  • A descent of woodpeckers
  • A herd of wrens (flock)

Mammals

  • A cluster of antelopes (herd, tribe)
  • A shrewdness of apes (troop)
  • A pace of asses (drove, coffle, herd)
  • A flange of baboons (congress, troop)
  • A cete of badgers (colony)
  • A cloud of bats (colony)
  • A sloth of bears (sleuth)
  • A colony of beavers (family, lodge)
  • A herd of bison (gang)
  • A sute of bloodhounds
  • A herd of boars (singular)
  • A sounder of boars, wild [12+]
  • A herd of bucks
  • A gang of buffalo (herd, obstinacy)
  • A drove of bullocks
  • A flock of camels (caravan, herd, train)
  • A herd of caribou
  • A clowder of cats (glaring, cluster, clutter)
  • A destruction of cats, wild (dout, dowt)
  • A herd of cattle (drift, drove, mob)
  • A herd of chamois
  • A coalition of cheetahs
  • A colony of chinchilla
  • A rake of colts (rack, rag)
  • A bury of conies (game)
  • A flink of cows [12+]
  • A pack of coyote (band, rout)
  • A litter of cubs
  • A cowardice of curs
  • A herd of deer (bunch, leash, mob, parcel, rangale)
  • A pack of dogs (kennel)
  • A pod of dolphins
  • A herd of donkeys (drove)
  • A herd of eland
  • A herd of elephants (parade)
  • A gang of elk (herd)
  • A business of ferrets (cast, fesnying)
  • A skulk of foxes (earth, lead, leash, troop)
  • A brace of geldings
  • A horde of gerbils
  • A tower of giraffes (corps, group, herd)
  • A herd of gnu (implausibility)
  • A trip of goats (flock, herd, trip, tribe)
  • A band of gorillas (whoop)
  • A leash of greyhounds
  • A group of guinea pigs
  • A horde of hamsters
  • A drove of hares (down, flick, herd, husk, kindle, leash, trace, trip)
  • A herd of harts
  • A herd of hartebeest
  • A array of hedgehogs (prickle)
  • A parcel of hinds
  • A bloat of hippopotami (crash, herd, pod, school, thunder)
  • A drift of hogs (drove, parcel)
  • A stable of horses (harras, herd, remuda, string, stud, team)
  • A pack of hounds (cry, hunt, kennel, meet, mute, stable, sute)
  • A clan of hyenas
  • A herd of ibex
  • A couple of impalas
  • A husk of jackrabbits
  • A mob of kangaroos (troop)
  • A kindle of kittens (litter)
  • A fall of lambs
  • A leap of leopards (lepe)
  • A kindle of leverets
  • A pride of lions (flock, sault, sowse, troop)
  • A herd of llamas
  • A stud of mares
  • A richness of martens (richesse)
  • A nest of mice (trip)
  • A labour of moles (company, movement)
  • A band of mongooses (pack)
  • A troop of monkeys (cartload, mission, tribe, troop, wilderness)
  • A herd of moose
  • A nest of mice (horde, mischief)
  • A barren of mules (pack, rake, span)
  • A family of otters (bevy, raft, romp)
  • A team of oxen (drove, herd, meinie, span, yoke)
  • A pomp of pekingese
  • A drove of pigs (flock, herd)
  • A sounder of pigs, wild
  • A farrow of piglets (litter)
  • An aurora of polar bears (pack)
  • A chine of polecats
  • A string of ponies
  • A school of porpoises (herd, pod)
  • A coterie of prarie dogs (town)
  • A litter of pups
  • A gaze of raccoons (nursery)
  • A colony of rabbits (bury, drove, flick, kindle, leash, nest, trace, warren, wrack)
  • A field of racehorses (string)
  • A nursery of racoons
  • A colony of rats (horde, mischief, swarm)
  • A crash of rhinoceroses (herd, stubbornness)
  • A bevy of roe deer
  • A colony of seals (harem, herd, pod, rookery, spring)
  • A flock of sheep (down, drift, drove, fold, herd, meinie, mob, parcel, trip)
  • A surfeit of skunks
  • A dray of squirrels (colony)
  • A pack of stoats (trip)
  • A drove of swine (herd)
  • A doylt of swine, tame (drift, trip)
  • A sounder of swine, wild [12+]
  • An ambush of tigers (streak)
  • A blessing of unicorns
  • A colony of voles
  • A huddle of walruses (herd, ugly)
  • A mob of wallaby
  • A sneak of weasels (gang, pack)
  • A school of whales (float, gam, herd, mob, pod, run, shoal, troup)
  • A grind of whales, bottle-nosed
  • A destruction of wildcats (dout)
  • A herd of wildebeest
  • A pack of wolves (herd, rout)
  • A mob of wombats
  • A herd of yaks
  • A cohort of zebras (herd, zeal)

Invertebrates

  • A culture of bacteria
  • A stuck of jellyfish (fluther, smack)
  • A clew of worms

Molluscs

  • A bed of clams
  • A bed of cockles
  • A bed of mussels
  • A bed of oysters (hive)
  • An escargatoire of snails (rout, walk)

Insects and Arachnids

  • A colony of ants (army, bike, swarm)
  • A swarm of bees (bike, cast, cluster, drift, erst, game, grist, hive, rabble, stand)
  • A bike of bees, wild
  • A flight of butterflies (kaleidoscope, rabble, swarm)
  • An army of caterpillars
  • An intrusion of cockroaches
  • A swarm of flies (business, cloud, grist, hatch)
  • A cloud of gnats (horde, rabble, swarm)
  • A cloud of grasshoppers (cluster, swarm) A bike of hornets (nest, swarm)
  • A flight of insects (horde, plague, rabble, swarm)
  • A flock of lice
  • A plague of locusts (cloud, swarm)
  • A colony of lice (infestation)
  • A scourge of mosquitos (swarm)
  • A clutter of spiders (cluster)
  • A colony of termites (swarm)
  • A colony of wasps (bike, nest)

Fish

  • A company of angel fish
  • A company of archer fish
  • A battery of baracuda
  • A shoal of barbels
  • A fleet of bass (shoal)
  • A grind of blackfish
  • A school of butterfly fish
  • A school of cod
  • A swarm of dragonet fish
  • A troop of dogfish
  • A pod of dolphins (school, team)
  • A swarm of eels
  • A shoal of fish (catch, draught, fray, haul, run, school)
  • A glide of flying fish
  • A glint of goldfish (troubling)
  • A glean of herrings (army, shoal)
  • A shoal of mackerel
  • A shoal of minnows (steam, stream, swarm)
  • A pack of perch
  • A shoal of pilchards (school)
  • A cluster of porcupine fish
  • A gam of porpoises (herd, pod, school, turmoil)
  • A party of rainbow fish
  • A shoal of roach
  • A bind of salmon (draught, leap, run, school, shoal)
  • A family of sardines
  • A herd of seahorses
  • A shoal of shad
  • A shiver of sharks (school, shoal)
  • A troup of shrimps
  • A quantity of smelt
  • A shoal of sticklebacks (spread)
  • A flotilla of swordfish
  • A hover of trout (shoal)
  • A float of tunas (troup)
  • A pod of whiting

Amphibians and Reptiles

  • A quiver of cobras
  • A bask of crocodiles (congregation, float, nest)
  • A herd of dinosaurs (pack)
  • A flight of dragons (weyr, wing)
  • An army of frogs (colony, froggery, knot)
  • A mess of iguanas
  • A rhumba of rattlesnakes
  • A den of snakes (bed, knot, nest, pit, trogle)
  • A knot of toads (knob, nest)
  • A bale of turtles (dule, turn)
  • A nest of vipers (generation)

People

  • A faculty of academics
  • A troupe of acrobats
  • A cast of actors/players (company, cry)
  • A conflagration of arsonists
  • A troupe of artistes
  • A team of athletes
  • A tabernacle of bakers
  • A babble of barbers
  • A promise of barmen
  • A thought of barons
  • A bevy of beauties
  • A bench of bishops (psalter)
  • A blush of boys
  • A feast of brewers
  • A shuffle of bureaucrats
  • A goring of butchers
  • A sneer of butlers
  • A slate of candidates
  • A chapter of canons (dignity)
  • A congregation of churchgoers
  • A school of clerks
  • A cutting of cobblers (drunkship)
  • A hastiness of cooks
  • A cowardice of curs
  • A troupe of dancers
  • A decanter of deans (decorum)
  • An obstruction of dons
  • A board of directors
  • A staff of employees
  • A panel of experts
  • A stalk of foresters
  • A talent of gamblers
  • A galaxy of governesses
  • A conjunction of grammarians
  • A herd of harlots
  • A melody of harpists
  • An observance of hermits
  • A gang of hoodlums
  • A cavalcade of horsemen
  • A blast of hunters
  • A bench of judges (sentence)
  • A neverthriving of jugglers
  • A banner of knights (rout)
  • A bevy of ladies
  • An eloquence of lawyers
  • A colony of lepers
  • An audience of listeners
  • An illusion of magicians
  • A riches of matrons
  • A band of men
  • A faith of merchants
  • A diligence of messengers
  • A cortege of mourners
  • An orchestra of musicians
  • A tribe of natives
  • A superfluity of nuns
  • A crowd of onlookers
  • A curse of painters (illusion, misbelieving)
  • A malapertness of pedlars
  • A crowd of people
  • A troupe of performers (troup)
  • A skirl of pipers (poverty)
  • A converting of preachers
  • A pity of prisoners
  • A band of robbers
  • A crew of sailors
  • A scolding of seamstresses
  • A house of senators
  • A subtlety of sergeants at law
  • An obeisance of servants
  • A posse of sheriffs
  • A blackening of shoemakers
  • A choir of singers
  • A squad of soldiers (army, brigade, company, division, platoon, troop)
  • A class of students
  • A disguising of tailors
  • A glozing of taverners
  • A den of thieves
  • A flock of tourists
  • An unction of undertakers
  • A prudence of vicars
  • An ambush of widows
  • A coven of witches
  • A gaggle of women
  • A congregation of worshippers
  • A worship of writers
  • A fellowship of yeomen

Miscellaneous

  • A wing of aircraft
  • A host of angels (chorus)
  • A quiver of arrows
  • A belt of asteroids
  • A bunch of bananas (hand)
  • A grove of bayonets
  • A carillon of bells (change, peal)
  • A library of books
  • A batch of bread
  • A bavin of brushwood
  • A fleet of cars
  • A pack of cards (deck, hand)
  • A network of computers
  • A dossier of documents
  • A clutch of eggs
  • A bed of flowers (bouquet, patch)
  • A colony of fungi
  • A pantheon of gods
  • A bunch of grapes (cluster)
  • A chain of islands (archipelago)
  • A cache of jewels
  • A ring of keys
  • A fleet of lorries (convoy)
  • A rouleau of coins
  • A collective of nouns
  • A bank of monitors
  • A range of mountains
  • A troop of mushrooms
  • A coterie of orchids
  • A string of pearls
  • A phantasmagoria of phantoms
  • An anthology of poems
  • A clump of reeds
  • A fleet of ships (armada, flotilla)
  • A pair of shoes
  • A flight of stairs
  • A galaxy of stars (constellation)
  • An agenda of tasks
  • A stand of trees (clump, forest, grove)

Some That Might Be

  • A balance of accountants
  • A corps of anatomists
  • A conflagration of arsonists
  • An audit of bookkeepers
  • A rascal of boys
  • A clutch of breasts
  • A clutch of car mechanics
  • A load of cobblers
  • An unease of compromises
  • A galaxy of cosmologists
  • An intrigue of council members
  • An incredulity of cuckolds
  • A brace of dentists
  • A bodge of DIYers
  • A grid of electricians
  • An exaggeration of fishermen
  • A revelation of flashers
  • A fraid of ghosts
  • A giggle of girls
  • An expectation of heirs
  • A vagary of impediments
  • A wealth of information
  • A scoop of journalists
  • A flush of lavatories
  • An eloquence of lawyers
  • A stack of librarians
  • A babble of linguists
  • A number of mathematicians
  • A compromise of mediators
  • A number of mathematicians
  • An amalgamation of metallurgists
  • A shower of meteorologists
  • An expectation of midwives
  • A horde of misers
  • An annoyance of neighbours
  • A row of oarsmen
  • A body of pathologists
  • A virtue of patients
  • A ponder of philosophers
  • A clique of photographers
  • A nucleus of physicists
  • A breakdown of plans
  • A flush of plumbers
  • A complex of psychologists
  • A following of stalkers
  • A portfolio of stockbrokers
  • A fanfare of strumpets
  • A pack of suitcases
  • A flight of yesterdays
  • A jam of tarts
  • A hug of teddy bears
  • A bunch of things
  • A promise of tomorrows
  • A twinkling of todays
  • A cancellation of trains
  • A linkage of webmasters
  • An impatience of wives
  • A yearning of yesterdays
  • An optimism of youths
collective_nouns.txt · Last modified: 2009/08/30 20:54 by nik