I learned yesterday from a twitter friend that one of the collective nouns for jellyfish is fluther. Isn’t that a wonderful word? That got me thinking about all of the interesting group names for animals. A wake of buzzards. A murder of crows. And at the opposite end of the spectrum is a charm of finches and a gaze of raccoons. Whether spooky or beautiful, animals have neat names.
To learn more, I tracked down a list of collective nouns for animals on the San Diego Zoo’s website. Below are some of my favorites. Enjoy.
cats: clowder, cluster, glaring, pounce
chickens: brood, peep
crocodiles: bask, float
hawks: boil, cast, kettle
prairie dogs: coterie