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    A flock of sheep, a herd of cattle... does anyone know the group terms for a "group" of cowboys, apes, parcels, stones, and information? Thanks

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    I have found 'a wealth of information' and 'a shrewdness of apes'.

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    This site provides lots of lovely collectives: The Collective Noun Page

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    That's where I've been, Anglika but I didn't find anything about cowboys, parcels or stones.

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    I can't think of any collective noun for cowboys or parcels, and "a heap of stones" or a "pile of stones" are the only two I can think of for "stones".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I can't think of any collective noun for cowboys or parcels, and "a heap of stones" or a "pile of stones" are the only two I can think of for "stones".
    heap and pile are the obvious ones; you could also use 'cairn' (without the 'of stones').

    I've never heard one for cowboys; I might suggest 'a saloon of cowboys' or 'a bunk-house of cowboys' - but they're neologisms and have no currency at all.

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    A flock of sheep, a herd of cattle... does anyone know the group terms for a "group" of cowboys, apes, parcels, stones, and information? Thanks
    The word choice would depend on the context.

    a [whole] passel/gang/posse/array of cowboys/people/apes


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    Entry Word: group
    Function: noun
    Text: 1 a number of things considered as a unit <car buffs stood around admiring a group of classic cars in the parking lot>
    Synonyms array, assemblage, bank, batch, battery, block, bunch, clump, cluster, collection, grouping, huddle, knot, lot, package, parcel, passel, set, suite
    Related Words accumulation, aggregate, aggregation, conglomeration; agglomeration, assortment, hodgepodge, jumble, miscellany, mixture, odds and ends, sundries, variety; series, suit
    Phrases the whole kit and caboodle
    Near Antonyms entity, item, single, unit
    2 a usually small number of persons considered as a unit <the next group of guests were being seated for dinner>
    Synonyms array, batch, battery, body, bunch, cluster, crop, grouping, huddle, knot, lot, parcel, party, passel
    Related Words assembly, congregation, gathering, organization; circle, clan, clique, coterie, fellowship, gang, ring, set; faction, guild (also gild), order, school, sect; brigade, crew, outfit, platoon, posse; alliance, bloc, coalition, confederacy, confederation, federation, league, union; bevy, covey
    Phrases the whole kit and caboodle

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    You can also have a 'troop of apes'.

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