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A Murder Of Crows

July 1, 2013
Many crows in a dark tree at New Orleans Squar...

Many crows in a dark tree at New Orleans Square in Disneyland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The English language is fascinating. A murder of crows is a real term for a group of crows as well as a movie title. I spent some time on Wikipedia searching the term. It comes from venery (words for groups of animals). Venery originates in the Late Middle Ages, most famously from “The Book of St. Albans (1486)”.

Some of the phrases are common and well-known:

  • a pack of dogs
  • a herd of horses
  • a colony of ants
  • a hive of bees

Others are more fanciful and interesting. Some of my favorites are:

  • a clowder of cats
  • a convocation of eagles
  • a tower of giraffes
  • a cackle of hyenas
  • a leap of leopards
  • a mischief of mice

There are several hundred terms. If you want to find your own favorites search “list of collective nouns” on Wikipedia. Emily

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