What do you call a group of …?


Many of the following terms belong to 15th-century lists of ‘proper terms’, such as those in the Book of St Albans attributed to Dame Juliana Barnes (1486). Some are fanciful or humorous terms which probably never had any real currency, but have been taken up by antiquarian writers, notably Joseph Strutt in Sports and Pastimes of England (1801).


blush of boys
drunkship of cobblers
hastiness of cooks
stalk of foresters
an observance of hermits
bevy of ladies
faith of merchants
superfluity of nuns
malapertness (= impertinence) of pedlars
pity of prisoners
glozing (= fawning) of taverners


shrewdness of apes
herd or pace of asses
troop of baboons
cete of badgers
sloth of bears
swarm or drift or hive or erst of bees
flock or flight or pod of birds
herd or gang or obstinacy of buffalo
bellowing of bullfinches
drove of bullocks
an army of caterpillars
clowder or glaring of cats
herd or drove of cattle
brood or clutch or peep of chickens
chattering or clattering of choughs
rag or rake of colts
covert of coots
herd of cranes
bask of crocodiles
murder of crows
litter of cubs
herd of curlew
cowardice of curs
herd or mob of deer
pack or kennel of dogs
school of dolphins
trip of dotterel
flight or dole or piteousness of doves
raft or bunch or paddling of ducks on water
safe of ducks on land
fling of dunlins
herd or parade of elephants
gang or herd of elk
busyness of ferrets
charm or chirm of finches
shoal or run of fish
swarm or cloud of flies
skulk of foxes
gaggle of geese on land
skein or team or wedge of geese in flight
herd of giraffes
cloud of gnats
flock or herd or trip of goats
band of gorillas
pack or covey of grouse
down or mute or husk of hares
cast of hawks
siege of herons
bloat of hippopotami
drove or string or stud or team of horses
pack or cry or kennel of hounds
flight or swarm of insects
fluther or smack or jellyfish
mob or troop of kangaroos
kindle or litter of kittens
desert of lapwing
an exaltation or a bevy of larks
leap or lepe of leopards
pride or sawt of lions
tiding of magpies
sord or suit of mallard
stud of mares
richesse of martens
labour of moles
troop of monkeys
barren of mules
watch of nightingales
yoke of oxen
pandemonium of parrots
covey of partridges
muster of peacocks
muster or parcel or rookery of penguins
head or nye of pheasants
kit of pigeons flying together
litter or herd of pigs
stand or wing or congregation of plovers
rush or flight of pochards
pod or school or herd or turmoil of porpoises
covey of ptarmigan
litter of pups
bevy or drift of quail
string of racehorses
an unkindness of ravens
crash of rhinoceros
bevy of roes
parliament or building of rooks
hill of ruffs
pod or herd or rookery of seals
flock or herd or trip or mob of sheep
dopping of sheldrake
wisp or walk of snipe
host of sparrows
murmuration of starlings
flight of swallows
game of swans; a wedge of swans in the air
drift or herd or sounder of swine
spring of teal
knot of toads
hover of trout
rafter of turkeys
bale or turn of turtles
bunch or knob or raft of waterfowl
school or pod or herd or gam of whales
company or trip of wigeon
sounder of wild boar
destruction of wild cats
team of wild ducks in flight
bunch or trip or plump or knob (less than 30) of wildfowl
drift of wild pigs
pack or rout of wolves
fall of woodcock
descent of woodpeckers
herd of wrens
zeal of zebras

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s