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
S.


animal group or collective term notes
salmon bind
leap possibly invented
run
draught
sandpipers fling
sardines family
seafowl cloud
sea horses herd possibly invented
seals herd
pod
rookery
sheep down
drift when driven in a group
drove when driven in a group
flock standard
herd
hurtle
meinie
mob
parcel
trip
sheldrake dopping
smelts quantity
snails escargatoire
rout
walk
snakes bed probably a nesting place, not a collective noun
den probably a nesting place, not a collective noun
trogle literary
knots (young)
trogle literary
snipe walk
whisp or wisp
sparrows host
meinie
tribe
spiders cluster or clutter
squirrels colony
dray or drey probably strictly, the nest
starlings chattering
clattering
cloud
congregation
murmuration
sticklebacks shoal
spread possibly invented
stoats pack
trip
storks flight
mustering
phalanx migrating
swallows flight
gulp
swans bank on the ground
bevy
drift
eyrar
game
herd
lamentation possibly fanciful
sownder
team
wedge (in flight)
whiting
swifts flock
swine, tame doylt
drift
trip
swine drove when driven in a group
herd
swine, wild sounder (twelve or more)
swordfish flotilla possibly invented



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