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Interesting Vocabulary: Animals #4, by Dennis Oliver

 

Special Names:
Groups of Animals

 

English has some very strange names for groups of
particular kinds of animals.

How many of these special names do you know?

 group name
 

animal

a bed of
 

clams, oysters

a bevy of
 

swans

a colony of
 

 ants, beavers

 a covey of
 

quail

 a flock of
 

sheep, goats,
chickens, geese, ducks

 a gaggle of
 

geese

  a mob of
 

 kangaroos

   a pack of
 

   dogs, wolves

   a pod of
 

   whales

   a pride of
 

 lions

   a school of
 

 fish

   a swarm of
 

 bees, termites

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Special Notes:

1.  

A number or other expression of quantity can also
be used with these special names for groups:

two beds of oysters
several prides of lions
many schools of fish

     
2.   You can find a list of even more of these special
words at this collective noun page. (Remember,
however, that many of these special group names
are not commonly used.)

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