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Why Is A Group Of Crows Called A “Murder”?

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Collective nouns are a great way to have fun with language and nature.
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Collective Noun: A noun that denotes a group of individuals.
Terms of Venery: Collective nouns specific to certain groups of animals.
Clowder: A term for a group of cats that means roughly, huddle, and comes from the same root as clot.
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If you liked this week’s video, we think you might also like:
Mental Floss’s collection of collective nouns: http://mentalfloss.com/article/33580/50-collective-nouns-bolster-your-vocabulary

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References:

Berners, D. J. (1494). The Boke of Saint Albans. Retrieved from: https://books.google.com/books?id=-awLAAAAIAAJ

Lipton, J. (1993). An Exaltation of Larks. Retrieved from: https://www.amazon.com/Exaltation-Larks-Ultimate-James-Lipton/dp/0140170960

Lund, N. (2015). No, It’s Not Actually a Murder of Crows. Audubon (December). Retrieved from:
http://www.audubon.org/news/no-its-not-actually-murder-crows
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