Nouns for Groups of Animals

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What do we call a group of lions? What about Canada geese? In today’s “English Learning Tips for Newcomers“, let’s learn some common nouns for groups of animals.

School

  • A school of whales, dolphins, or any other kind of fish that swim together.
  • To school (yes, it can be a verb) is to feed or swim together.

Swarm

  • A swarm of bees, flies, ants, locusts, etc.
  • Use “swarm” on a large of inanimate things that move together, e.g. a warm of meteors

Flock

  • A flock of geese, ducks, or any other types of birds.
  • You can also say “a flock of sheep”.

Pack

  • A pack of wolves, dogs, weasels, etc.

Herd

  • A herd of cattle, horses, elk, deer, moose, zebras, etc.
  • A herd is a large group of animals kept together by humans or a group of wild animals
Note that many of these nouns can be used on people too:
  • a swarm of passengers
  • a herd of tourists
  • a flock of sightseers
Here are some less commonly known nouns for groups of animals! Use them to impress people around you:
  • a pride of lions
  • an army of frogs
  • a caravan of camels
  • a stand of flamingos
  • a colony of rats or bats
  • a bloat of hippos
  • a tower of giraffes
  • a troop/band of gorillas
  • a troop/mob of kangaroos

Word of the Day:

Inanimate: not alive, lifeless

Before you go, also check out our previously published English Learning tips articles!

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Reference:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary

https://grammar.yourdictionary.com/word-lists/list-of-names-for-groups-of-animals.html

https://storyteller.travel/what-do-you-call-a-group-of-gorillas/

https://www.thespruce.com/flock-names-of-groups-of-birds-386827