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 Collective Terms for Groups of Animals beginning with
H.


animal group or collective term notes
 
hares down  
drove  
flick  
herd possibly an error
husk  
kindle of young in the nest
trace perhaps strictly the tracks of the animal
tripp or trip  
 
harts herd  
 
hawks mews moulting
 
hedgehogs array  
 
hens brood  
 
herons flight  
rookery a breeding place, and hence the birds gathered there
sege, sedge, or siege  
 
herring army  
glean  
scole (school)  
shoal  
 
hinds parcel  
 
hippopotamuses bloat  
herd  
pod  
school  
 
hogs drove  
 
hornets bike  
swarm  
 
horses haras or harrase  
herd  
stable  
string  
stud  
team (in harness) standard
 
hounds cry  
hunt  
kennel strictly, of raches
meet  
mute  
pack standard
stable  
sute properly, of bloodhounds
 



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