Collective Terms for Animals



This section is a pretty comprehensive list of
Collective Terms for Animals. Many will be familiar but others will be unheard of, deriving from 15th century witticisms or literary imagination, and some are simply archaic or erroneous. There are also some terms for pairs of animals and groups of three animals.


The list has been arranged alphabetically.


Here is the list of Terms for Animals beginning with
C.


animal group or collective term notes
camels flock
herd
caravan with merchandise
train as a column
capercailzes tok
capons mews
caribou herd
cats clowder
cluster or clutter
glaring
cats, wild destruction
dowt or dout also (perhaps erroneously) `dour'
caterpillars army
cattle drift when driven in a group
drove when driven in a group
herd
mob
chamois herd
chickens brood standard
cletch or clutch
peep possibly fanciful
chinchilla colony
choughs chattering
clattering
clams bed strictly, a place where they grow together
cockles bed strictly, a place where they grow together
colts rack, rag, or rake
conies bury or bery
game
coots covert
flock
pod
rasp
shoal swimming
cormorants flight
coyotes pack
cranes herd
siege or sedge
crocodiles bask
nest
crows hover perhaps properly used of rooks
murder
parcel
cubs litter standard
curlew herd



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