flock

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English flock (flock), from Old English flocc (flock, company, troop), from Proto-Germanic *flukkaz, *flakka- (crowd, troop). Cognate with Middle Low German vlocke (crowd, flock), Old Norse flokkr (crowd, troop, band, flock). Perhaps related to Old English folc (crowd, troop, band). More at folk.

Noun[edit]

flock (2) of sheep.

flock (plural flocks)

  1. A large number of birds, especially those gathered together for the purpose of migration.
  2. A large number of animals, especially sheep or goats kept together.
  3. Those served by a particular pastor or shepherd.
    • 1995, Green Key Books, God's Word to the Nations (John 10:16)[1]:
      I also have other sheep that are not from this pen. I must lead them. They, too, will respond to my voice. So they will be one flock with one shepherd.
    • Tennyson
      As half amazed, half frighted all his flock.
  4. A large number of people.
    • Bible, 2 Macc. xiv. 14
      The heathen [] came to Nicanor by flocks.
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Verb[edit]

flock (third-person singular simple present flocks, present participle flocking, simple past and past participle flocked)

  1. (intransitive) To congregate in or head towards a place in large numbers.
    People flocked to the cinema to see the new film.
    • Dryden
      Friends daily flock.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To flock to; to crowd.
    • 1609, Taylor
      Good fellows, trooping, flocked me so.
  3. To treat a pool with chemicals to remove suspended particles.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English flok (tuft of wool), from Old French floc (tuft of wool), from Late Latin floccus (tuft of wool), probably from Frankish *flokko (down, wool, flock), from Proto-Germanic *flukkōn-, *flukkan-, *fluksōn- (down, flock), from Proto-Indo-European *plAwək- (hair, fibres, tuft). Cognate with Old High German flocko (down), Middle Dutch vlocke (flock), Norwegian dialectal flugsa (snowflake). Other cognate Albanian flokë (hair).

Noun[edit]

flock (plural flocks)

  1. Coarse tufts of wool or cotton used in bedding
  2. A lock of wool or hair.
    • Shakespeare
      I prythee, Tom, beat Cut's saddle, put a few flocks in the point [pommel].
  3. Very fine sifted woollen refuse, especially that from shearing the nap of cloths, formerly used as a coating for wallpaper to give it a velvety or clothlike appearance; also, the dust of vegetable fibre used for a similar purpose.
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flock (third-person singular simple present flocks, present participle flocking, simple past and past participle flocked)

  1. (transitive) To coat a surface with dense fibers or particles.
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flock c

  1. flock of sheep or goats
  2. flock of birds
  3. flock of people
  4. pride of lions
  5. pack of wolves or dogs
  6. pod of whales
  7. murder of crows
  8. fever of stingrays

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