Meaning of COLLECTION in English

COLLECTION

n. 25B6; noun

a collection of stolen items : HOARD, pile, heap, stack, stock, store, stockpile; accumulation, reserve, supply, bank, pool, fund, mine, reservoir.

a collection of shoppers : GROUP, crowd, body, assemblage, gathering, throng; knot, cluster; multitude, bevy, party, band, horde, pack, flock, swarm, mob; informal gang, load, gaggle. See list.

a collection of Victorian dolls : SET, series; array, assortment.

a collection of short stories : ANTHOLOGY, selection, compendium, treasury, compilation, miscellany, pot-pourri.

a collection for the poor : DONATIONS, contributions, gifts, subscription(s); informal whip-round; historical alms.

a church collection : OFFERING, offertory, tithe.

Collective Names for Birds and Animals

shrewdness of apes tiding of magpies

herd/pace of asses sord/suit of mallard

troop of baboons stud of mares

cete of badgers richesse of martens

sloth of bears labour of moles

swarm/drift/hive/erst of bees troop of monkeys

flock/flight/pod of birds span/barren of mules

herd/gang/obstinacy of buffalo watch of nightingales

bellowing of bullfinches parliament/stare of owls

drove of bullocks yoke of oxen

clowder/glaring of cats pandemonium of parrots

army of caterpillars covey of partridges

herd/drove of cattle muster of peacocks

brood/clutch/peep of chickens muster/parcel/rookery of penguins

chattering of choughs bevy/head of pheasants

rag/rake of colts kit of pigeons (in flight)

covert of coots litter/herd of pigs

herd of cranes congregation/stand/wing of plovers

bask of crocodiles rush/flight of pochards

murder of crows pod/school/herd/turmoil of porpoises

litter of cubs covey of ptarmigan

herd of curlew litter of pups

herd/mob of deer bevy/drift of quail

pack/kennel of dogs bury of rabbits

school of dolphins string of racehorses

trip of dotterel unkindness of ravens

flight/dole/piteousness of doves crash of rhinoceros

paddling of ducks (on water) bevy of roe deer

safe of ducks (on land) parliament/building/rookery of rooks

fling of dunlins hill of ruffs

herd/parade of elephants pod/herd/rookery of seals

herd/gang of elk flock/herd/trip/mob of sheep

busyness of ferrets dopping of sheldrake

charm of finches wisp/walk of snipe

shoal/run of fish host of sparrows

swarm/cloud of flies murmuration of starlings

skulk of foxes flight of swallows

gaggle of geese (on land) game/herd of swans (on land)

skein/team/wedge of geese (in flight) wedge of swans (in flight)

herd of giraffes drift/herd/sounder of swine

flock/herd/trip of goats spring of teal

band of gorillas knot of toads

cloud of gnats hover of trout

pack/covey of grouse rafter of turkeys

down/mute/husk of hares bale/turn of turtles

cast of hawks bunch/knob of waterfowl

siege of herons school/herd/pod/gam of whales

bloat of hippopotami company/trip of wigeon

drove/string/stud/team of horses sounder of wild boar

pack/cry/kennel of hounds dout/destruction of wild cats

flight/swarm of insects team of wild ducks (in flight)

fluther/smack of jellyfish bunch/trip/plump/knob of wildfowl

mob/troop of kangaroos pack/rout of wolves

kindle/litter of kittens fall of woodcock

desert of lapwings descent of woodpeckers

bevy/exaltation of larks herd of wrens

leap/lepe of leopards zeal of zebras

pride/sawt of lions

Many of these are fanciful or humorous terms which probably never had any real currency but have been popularized in books such as Sports and Pastimes of England (1801) by Joseph Strutt.

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