Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sketch Sunday 5

Collective nouns in animals:

shrewdness of apes
dissimulation of birds
quiver of cobras
weyr of dragons
memory of elephants
fesnying of ferrets
glint of goldfish
bloat of hippopotami
scold of jays
mob of kangaroos
lounge of lizards
stud of mares
watch of nightingales
parliament of owls
ostentation of peacocks
bevy of quail
mischief of rats
harem of seals
knot of toads
generation of vipers
descent of woodpeckers
herd of yaks
zeal of zebras

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  1. If you were interested:

    # Xantis - yak
    # Xantus - a bird
    # Xantusiidae (family of night lizards)
    # Xantus murrelet - a small seabird found in the California Current system in the Pacific Ocean.
    # Xeme - an artic fork-tailed gull.
    # Xenarthra - mammal in South America
    # Xenicidae (family of New Zealand wrens)
    # Xenopeltidae (family of reptiles including sunbeam snake- Xenopeltis)
    # Xenipirostris (genus of birds from Madagascar)
    # Xenops - a rain forest bird from the Americas
    # Xenopterygii (order of fishes including clingfishes)
    # Xenopus - a frog; toad
    # Xenurine - a species of armadillo; a cabassou.
    # Xenurus unicinctus - an armadillo native of the tropical parts of South America.
    # Xerus - a type of ground squirrel from Africa
    # Xiphias - a swordfish.
    # Xiphias gladius
    # Xiphosuran - a horseshoe crab.
    # Xoloitzcuintli - a dog
    # Xoni - mystical creature.

    yay knowledge club :)

  2. lol.. I'm also missing an "I" and "U" for this list... but what are all their collective nouns?!? :D

  3. mess of iguanas
    blessing of unicorns
    flock of xenops

  4. Interesting...

    I think saying "a blessing of unicorns" or "a murder of crows" would be funny in conversation because I don't think anyone will understand what I mean... It can totally get taken the wrong way!

  5. I was looking at your link, and I love how it's a brood of turkeys but only if they are immature :b

  6. A lot of them are really obscure... as in we (dern metro city folk) are never in the situation to use terms to describe immature turkeys or the flushing of pheasants. :D

    Anyhow, product of fun research and great knowledge-sharing! Thanks and see you next time ;)