英会話のコツ:Collective Animal Nouns(動物の集合名詞)

Did you know that there are special words used when referring to a group of animals?  You've probably already heard of a herd of elephants, but did you know that a group of crows is called a murder?  Pretty sinister-sounding, isn't it?

 

Here are some more collective nouns that you may find interesting.

 

An army of ants

A flock of birds

A rabble of butterflies

A clowder of cats

A brood of chickens

A pack of dogs

A pod of dolphins

A swarm of eels

A school of fish

A smack of jellyfish

A mob of kangaroos

A pride of lions

A lounge of lizards

A horde of mice

A tribe of monkeys

A parliament of owls

A bed of oysters

A colony of penguins

A bury of rabbits

A plague of rats

An ambush of tigers

 

Some of these collective nouns are interesting because they have a very different meaning when used without the animal.

 

Brood - (verb) To think too much, appearing distant from those around you.

Pod - (noun) The outer casing where peas are kept before they are removed in order to be eaten.

Swarm - (verb) To attack something from all sides, like a million ants converging on one location.

Smack - (verb) To hit something with your hand, with the target usually being someone's face.

Mob - (noun) A large, unruly gathering of people.  You can find mobs during public protests.

Pride - (noun) Feeling great about yourself, your roots, and what you have accomplished.

Lounge - (noun) The room where you go to relax before a flight.

Parliament - (noun)  An elected body of government.

Bury - (verb) To put something into the ground and cover it with dirt.

Plague - (noun) A highly contagious disease.

Ambush - (verb) To catch the enemy unawares in a trap.

 

~ Samantha