Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Collective Terms to describe the gregarious characteristics of organisms

We are fond of numbers and we use different terms to denote the groupings of animals, plants, microorganisms, and our own species. 

Dr Abe V Rotor
 Swarm of jellyfish
 School of fish

  • Pride of lions
  • Flink of cows 
  • Flock of sheep
  • Flock of birds
  • School of fish
  • Colony of ants
  • Swarm of flies
  • Herd of cattle
  • Colony of bacteria
  • Gaggle of geese (on the ground)
  • Skein of geese (in the air)
  • Pack of wolves
  • Covey of quails
Grouping of plants is unique.  Botanists and agriculturists use terms like tillers as in rice; suckers in banana, runners and stolons in gabi and Bermuda grass, slips in pineapple.  All these refer to the asexual progeny of a mother plant, duplicating itself many times in its lifetime.  These are agronomic terms: a paddy of rice, an orchard, a grove of coconut, a plot or patch of vegetables.

Among us humans, we use many terms such as a battery of lawyers, a battalion or platoon of soldiers, class in schools, team in games, a choir, a batch of graduates, or simply throng for a huge crowd.

In an organization, we group people into departments, divisions, sections, etc., specifying work and responsibility.  Then we have such terms as congregation, fraternity, gang, and the like.  But first let us start with the human species branching into races.  ~ 

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