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    Question A pride of lions...

    What is the correct definition or linguistic term for the practise of giving a poetic name to a group of animals? Examples: a pride of lions, a murder of crows.

    My thanks in advance!

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    Re: A pride of lions...

    Quote Originally Posted by Scallywag View Post
    What is the correct definition or linguistic term for the practise of giving a poetic name to a group of animals? Examples: a pride of lions, a murder of crows.

    My thanks in advance!
    It's a collective noun.


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    Re: A pride of lions...

    Thank you, Mr. B, but that wasn't exactly what I had in mind. My apologies for not being clearer.

    Let me put it this way... does the family of colorful collective nouns, as represented by my two examples, have a more common or colloquial description? I'm assuming there is, yes?

    If I wanted to know what the collective was for a group of starlings or dolphins or rattlesnakes, where could I go to find out? I know there are a great number which have been annointed upon just about anything that can walk, crawl, swim or fly, but most are quite obscure.

    I'm interested in this facet of the English language and would like to know more.

    My sincere thanks.

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