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A '''[[collective noun]]''' is a special kind of [[noun]] that refers to a [[collection]] of objects — often animals — such as a ''flock'' of birds, or a ''pride'' of lions.
 
A '''[[collective noun]]''' is a special kind of [[noun]] that refers to a [[collection]] of objects — often animals — such as a ''flock'' of birds, or a ''pride'' of lions.

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A collective noun is a special kind of noun that refers to a collection of objects — often animals — such as a flock of birds, or a pride of lions.

In the lists which follow, terms marked with a + belong to the 15th-century list of "proper terms" contained in the Book of St Albans, attributed to Dame Julia Barnes (1486) Template:citation needed. Many of these are fanciful or humorous terms which have never had any real currency, but have been taken up by various antiquarian writers.[1]

Strictly speaking there are nouns of assemblage and nouns of multitudeTemplate:citation needed. According to Barnes, "the names of multitudes must not be used promiscuously in designating companies...."Template:citation needed She goes on to say that strict regard to these niceties "better distinguishes gentlymen from ungentlymen". Template:citation needed

The lists are given in two formats, as shown below.

Contents: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


List of collective nouns

A

Words beginning "aa - an"

Words beginning "am - az"

B

Words beginning "ba - bl"

Words beginning "bm - bz"

C

Words beginning "ca - cl"

Words beginning "cm - cz"

D

Words beginning "da - dl"

Words beginning "dm - dz"

  • down: A down of hares. +?

E

Words beginning "ea - el"

Words beginning "em - ez"

F

Words beginning "fa - fl"

Words beginning "fm - fz"

G

Words beginning "ga - gl"

Words beginning "gm - gz"

H

Words beginning "ha - hl"

Words beginning "hm - hz"

I

Words beginning "ia - il"

Words beginning "im - iz"

J

Words beginning "ja - jl"

Words beginning "jm - jz"

K

Words beginning "ka - kl"

Words beginning "km - kz"

L

Words beginning "la - ll"

Words beginning "lm - lz"

M

Words beginning "ma - ml"

Words beginning "mm - mz"

N

Words beginning "na - nl"

Words beginning "nm - nz"


O

P

Words beginning "pa - pl"

Words beginning "pm - pz"

Q

R

Words beginning "ra - rl"

Words beginning "rm - rz"

S

Words beginning "sa - sl"

Words beginning "sm - sz"

T

Words beginning "ta - tl"

Words beginning "tm - tz"

U

V

W

Words beginning "wa - wl"

Words beginning "wm - wz"

X

Y

Z

List of nouns represented by collectives

A

Words beginning "aa - al"


Words beginning "am - az"

B

Words beginning "ba - bl"

Words beginning "bm - bz"


C

Words beginning "ca - cl"

Words beginning "cm - cz"

D

Words beginning "da - dl"

Words beginning "dm - dz"


E

Words beginning "ea - el"

Words beginning "em - ez"

F

Words beginning "fa - fl"

Words beginning "fm - fz"

G

Words beginning "ga - gl"

Words beginning "gm - gz"

H

Words beginning "ha - hl"

Words beginning "hm - hz"


I

Words beginning "ia - il"

Words beginning "im - iz"

J

Words beginning "ja - jl"

Words beginning "jm - jz"


K

Words beginning "ka - kl"

Words beginning "km - kz"

L

Words beginning "la - ll"

Words beginning "lm - lz"

M

Words beginning "ma - ml"

Words beginning "mm - mz"

N

Words beginning "na - nl"

Words beginning "nm - nz"

O

Words beginning "oa - ol"

Words beginning "om - oz"

P

Words beginning "pa - pl"

Words beginning "pm - pz"

Q

Words beginning "qa - qul"

Words beginning "qum - quz"

R

Words beginning "ra - rl"

Words beginning "rm - rz"

S

Words beginning "sa - sl"

Words beginning "sm - sz"

T

Words beginning "ta - tl"

Words beginning "tm - tz"

U

Words beginning "ua - uz"

V

W

Words beginning "wa - wl"

Words beginning "wm - wz"

X

Y

Z

Words beginning "za - zl"

Words beginning "zm - zz"


Reference

  1. ^ Oxford Reference Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 1986.
  2. ^ clowder. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[1]
  3. ^ San Diego Zoo Animal Bytes
  4. ^ cry. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[2]
  5. ^ drift. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[3]
  6. ^ farrow. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[4]
  7. ^ flock. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[5]
  8. ^ gam. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[6]
  9. ^ gang. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[7]
  10. ^ herd. (n.d.). WordNet® 2.0. Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[8]
  11. ^ herd. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[9]
  12. ^ kindle. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[10]
  13. ^ litter. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[11]
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 pack. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[12]
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 pod. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[13]
  16. ^ pride. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[14]
  17. ^ punnet. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[15]
  18. ^ rout. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[16]
  19. ^ school. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[17]
  20. ^ shrewdness. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[18]
  21. ^ skulk. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[19]
  22. ^ sounder. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[20]
  23. ^ stable. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[21]
  24. ^ string. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[22]
  25. ^ team. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[23]
  26. ^ team. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[24]
  27. ^ trip. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[25]
  28. ^ yoke. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[26]
  29. ^ cete. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[27]
  30. ^ sloth. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved November 29, 2006, from Dictionary.com website[28]

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