Names for groups of animals - terms of venery

In summary, the conversation discusses various terms of venery, or collective nouns, used to describe groups of animals. Some of these terms were made up by people, while others have specific meanings. Examples include a gaggle of geese, a flock of geese, and a skein of geese. The conversation also mentions other animals, such as sea cucumbers and narwhals, and suggests humorous terms for their groups, such as a honkfest of geese and a flotilla of narwhals. Further resources are provided for those interested in learning more about animal names. One participant also mentions creative terms for non-animal groups, such as a tangle of nematodes and a fuzz of fungus.
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I always thought that a gaggle of geese was appropriate, but it seems that gaggle is only when they are on land. Who knew? Who cared?

A flock of geese is a generic term that describes a group of geese that is in any physical location. A gaggle of geese describes a flock of geese that is located on the ground or in anybody of water. A skein of geese describes a flock of geese as they fly through the air.

https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/flock-geese-called-431354c83b05ec57

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http://www.writers-free-reference.com/172groupnames.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animal_names
 
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A Victorian writer with an overabundance propriety cared. He's dead now. So, how about a honkfest of geese? Now that nobody cares anymore.
 
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I've always referred to a group of sea cucumbers as a "salad" (especially when there are some snails hanging around)...stupid, sure, but small kids like it and parents tend to roll their eyes. For me, that's a win.
 
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An flotilla of Narwhal

(not sure of the plural of narwhal).
They look like this.

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A Tangle of Nematodes
Round worms, look like this.

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A Fuzz of Fungus
Not an animal though.
 
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Related to Names for groups of animals - terms of venery

1. What is a term of venery?

A term of venery is a noun that refers to a group of animals, typically used in hunting and falconry.

2. What is the origin of terms of venery?

Terms of venery originated in medieval England as a way for hunters and falconers to communicate with precision and show off their knowledge of animals.

3. How are terms of venery determined?

Terms of venery are often based on the appearance, behavior, or habitat of the animals. Some terms have evolved over time, while others have been created more recently.

4. Are there different terms of venery for the same animal?

Yes, there can be multiple terms of venery for the same animal, depending on the context or region. For example, a group of geese can be called a "gaggle" or a "skein".

5. Do all animals have terms of venery?

No, not all animals have terms of venery. Some animals have multiple terms, while others do not have any specific term at all.

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