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
F.


animal group or collective term notes
 
ferrets business  
   
 
finches charm  
chirm  
 
fish catch (when caught)  
cran not a group term; a measure of fresh caught herrings (OED)
draught (when caught in a net)  
flock  
fray  
haul (when caught)  
run (in motion)  
school standard
shoal standard
 
flies business  
cloud standard
grist  
swarm standard
 
flying fish glide possibly invented
 
foxes earth probably strictly, the fox's hole
skulk fanciful
troop  
 
frogs army  
colony  
 



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