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aardvarks An aarmory of aardvarks Spurious
academics A faculty of academics
accountants A balance of accountants Uncertain
actors A company of actors
actors A cast of actors
aircraft A wing of aircraft
anatomists A corps of anatomists Spurious
angels A chorus of angels
angels A host of angels
ants An army of ants
ants A swarm of ants
ants A colony of ants
antelope A herd of antelope
apes A shrewdness of apes
arrows A quiver of arrows
arsonists A conflagration of arsonists
asses A pace of asses
asteroids A belt of asteroids
athletes A team of athletes
auks A raft of auks Uncertain
automobile dealers A lot of automobile dealers Spurious
baboons A flange of baboons
baboons A congress of baboons
bacteria A culture of bacteria
badgers A cete of badgers
pipers A poverty of pipers
barbers A babble of barbers Spurious
barons A thought of barons
bats A colony of bats
beans A hill of beans
bears A sloth of bears
beauties A bevy of beauties
beavers A colony of beavers
beavers A lodge of beavers
bees A grist of bees
bees A hive of bees
bees A swarm of bees
birds A dissimulation of birds
birds A volery of birds
bitterns A sedge of bitterns
bitterns A siege of bitterns
blackfish A grind of blackfish Uncertain
boars A singular of boars
boars A sounder of boars
books A library of books
bookkeepers An audit of bookkeepers
boys A rascal of boys
bread A batch of bread
brush (wood) A bavin of brush (wood)
buffalo An obstinacy of buffalo
buffalo A herd of buffalo
bullfinches A bellowing of bullfinches
bureaucrats A shuffle of bureaucrats
bureaucrats A bloat of bureaucrats Spurious
butterflies A rabble of butterflies Uncertain
butterflies A rainbow of butterflies
butterflies A kaleidoscope of butterflies Uncertain
buzzards A wake of buzzards
camels A flock of camels
capons A mews of capons
cards A deck of cards
cardiologists A flutter of cardiologists Spurious
cats (feral or wild) A destruction of cats (feral or wild)
cats A clowder of cats
cats A clutter of cats
cats A glaring of cats
cats A pounce of cats
cats A cluster of cats
kittens (cats) A kindle of kittens (cats)
caterpillars An army of caterpillars
cattle A kine of cattle
cattle A herd of cattle
starlets A galaxy of starlets
chamois A herd of chamois
chickens A peep of chickens
chicks A clutch of chicks
eggs A clutch of eggs
hens A brood of hens
poultry A run of poultry
choughs A clattering of choughs
choughs A chattering of choughs
clams A bed of clams
cobblers A drunken ship of cobblers
cockroaches An intrusion of cockroaches Uncertain
cod A lap of cod Uncertain
coins A roll of coins
coins A rouleau of coins
computers A network of computers
coots A cover of coots
coots A raft of coots
cormorants A flight of cormorants
courtiers A threatening of courtiers
cattle A drove of cattle
cows A herd of cows
cows A flink of cows
cranes A sedge of cranes
critics A pan of critics Spurious
crocodiles A bask of crocodiles
crows A storytelling of crows
crows A hover of crows
crows A murder of crows
curs A cowardice of curs
curlews A head of curlews
data A donut of data Spurious
deer A leash of deer
deer A herd of deer
deer A parcel of deer
roes A bevy of roes
doctors A doctrine of doctors
hounds A cry of hounds
puppies A litter of puppies
show dogs A bench of show dogs Uncertain
dolphins A pod of dolphins
dotterel A trip of dotterel
doves A piteousness of doves
doves A flight of doves
doves A dule of doves
doves A pitying of doves
doves A prettying of doves
doves A dole of doves
ducks (diving) A dopping of ducks (diving)
ducks (flying) A plump of ducks (flying)
ducks (on water) A paddling of ducks (on water)
ducks A team of ducks
ducks A flush of ducks
ducks A raft of ducks
dunlin A fling of dunlin
eagles A convocation of eagles
pupils A dilation of pupils Spurious
eels A swarm of eels
eels A fry of eels Uncertain
elephants A herd of elephants
elephants A parade of elephants
elk A gang of elk
employees A staff of employees
engineers A geek of engineers Spurious
experts A panel of experts
fairies A herd of fairies
falcons A cast of falcons
ferrets A fesnying of ferrets
ferrets A business of ferrets
figs A newton of figs Spurious
finches A trembing of finches
finches A charm of finches
finches A trimming of finches
fish A draught of fish
fish A shoal of fish
fish A scale of fish
fish A drift of fish
fish A school of fish
fishermen An exaggeration of fishermen Spurious
flamingoes A stand of flamingoes
flowers A patch of flowers
flowers A bouquet of flowers
flies A business of flies
flies A swarm of flies
foxes A skulk of foxes
foxes A leash of foxes
friars A scull of friars
frogs An army of frogs
mourners A cortege of mourners
geologists A conglomerate of geologists Spurious
giraffes A corps of giraffe
giraffes A tower of giraffes Uncertain
girls A giggle of girls
gnats A clout of gnats Uncertain
gnats A horde of gnats
gnats A cloud of gnats
goats A trip of goats
goats A tribe of goats
goldfinches A drum of goldfinches
goldfinches A troubling of goldfinches
geese (flying) A wedge of geese (flying)
geese A gaggle of geese
geese A skein of geese
geese A flock of geese
geese A nide of geese
gorillas A band of gorillas
gorillas A woop of gorillas
goshawks A flight of goshawks
grandparents A wisdom of grandparents
grapes A bunch of grapes
grasshoppers A cloud of grasshoppers
grasshoppers A cluster of grasshoppers
grouse A lek of grouse Uncertain
grouse A covey of grouse
grouse A pack of grouse
guillemots A bazaar of guillemots
gulls A colony of gulls
gulls A screech of gulls
hackers A cruft of hackers Spurious
hares A down of hares
hares A leap of hares
hares A husk of hares
hares A trip of hares
hares A trace of hares
harpers A melody of harpers
hawks A kettle of hawks
hawks A cast of hawks
hedgehogs A prickle of hedgehogs
herons A siege of herons
herrings A glean of herrings
hippopotami A bloat of hippopotami Uncertain
hippopotami A crash of hippopotami
homework A slew of homework
hoodlums A gang of hoodlums
colts A rag of colts
colts A rake of colts
horsemen A cavalcade of horsemen
horses A harass of horses
horses A stable of horses
horses A team of horses
mares A stud of mares
ponies A string of ponies
racehorses A field of racehorses
hounds A pack of hounds
hounds A mute of hounds
hounds A cry of hounds
hummingbirds A charm of hummingbirds
husbands A multiply of husbands
hyenas A clan of hyenas
idiots A thicket of idiots Spurious
impediments A vagary of impediments
information A wealth of information
islands A chain of islands
islands An archipelago of islands
jays A party of jays
jays A scold of jays Uncertain
jays A band of jays
jellyfish A fluther of jellyfish
jellyfish A smack of jellyfish
jewels A cache of jewels
jugglers A neverthriving of jugglers
kangaroos A court of kangaroos (see note) Spurious
kangaroos A mob of kangaroos
kangaroos A troop of kangaroos
keys A ring of keys
knights A rout of knights
knights A banner of knights
ladies A bevy of ladies
lapwings A desert of lapwings
lapwings A deceit of lapwings
larks An ascension of larks
larks An exaltation of larks
lawyers A huddle of lawyers
leopards A leap of leopards
lepers A colony of lepers
librarians A catalogue of librarians Spurious
lions A pride of lions
lions A sowse of lions
lions A sault of lions
lizards A lounge of lizards Spurious
locusts A plague of locusts
lorries A convoy of lorries
magpies A tiding(s) of magpies
mallards A sord of mallards
mallards A lute of mallards Uncertain
men A band of men
martens A richness of martens
mathematicians A number of mathematicians
mathematicians A set of mathematicians
matrons A riches of matrons
mechanics A clutch of mechanics Spurious
meteorologists A shower of meteorologists Spurious
midges A bite of midges Uncertain
misers A horde of misers Spurious
mites A mite of mites Uncertain
moles A labour of moles
moles A company of moles
moles A movement of moles
money A wad of money
riches A embarassment of riches
winnings A purse of winnings
monitors A bank of monitors
monks An abomination of monks (see note) Spurious
monkeys A tribe of monkeys
monkeys A mission of monkeys
mosquitoes A scourge of mosquitoes
mountains A range of mountains
mice A nest of mice
mice A mischief of mice
mudhen A fleet of mudhen Uncertain
mules A barren of mules
mules A Rake of mules
natives A tribe of natives
nightingales A watch of nightingales
nouns A collective of nouns
nudists A hangout of nudists Spurious
nuns A superfluity of nuns
onlookers A crowd of onlookers
orthodontists A brace of orthodontists Spurious
owls A parliament of owls
owls A stare of owls
oxen A team of oxen
oxen A yoke of oxen
oxen A span of oxen
oysters A bed of oysters
painters An illusion of painters
pandas A pandemonium of pandas Spurious
parrots A pandemonium of parrots Uncertain
parrots A company of parrots
partridges A covey of partridges
partridges A bew of partridges Uncertain
pathologists A body of pathologists Spurious
peacocks A pride of peacocks
peacocks A muster of peacocks
peacocks An ostentation of peacocks
pekinese A pomp of pekinese
penguins A parcel of penguins Uncertain
penguins A rookery of penguins Spurious
penguins A creche of penguins
penguins A huddle of penguins
penguins A colony of penguins
performers A troupe of performers
pheasants A covey of pheasants
pheasants A nye of pheasants
pheasants A bouquet of pheasants
philosophers A ponder of philosophers
physicists A nucleus of physicists Spurious
theoretical physicists A field of theoretical physicists Spurious
hogs A parcel of hogs
hogs A drift of hogs Uncertain
hogs A passel of hogs
piglets A farrow of piglets
piglets A litter of piglets
pigs A drove of pigs
pigs A herd of pigs
pigs A sounder of pigs
pigeons A kit of pigeons Uncertain
pigeons A loft of pigeons
plovers A congregation of plovers
plumbers A flush of plumbers Spurious
polar bears An aurora of polar bears
polecats A chine of polecats
porpoises A turmoil of porpoises Uncertain
possum A passel of possum Uncertain
preachers A converting of preachers
prelates A pontifica of prelates
princes A state of princes
programmers An asylum of programmers Spurious
prose An anthology of prose
harlots A heard of harlots
prostitutes An anthology of prostitutes (see note) Spurious
psychoanalysts A complex of psychoanalysts Spurious
quail A covey of quail
quail A bevy of quail
conies A bury of conies
kittens (rabbits) A wrack of kittens (rabbits)
rabbits A colony of rabbits
rabbits A bury of rabbits
rabbits A nest of rabbits
raccoons A gaze of raccoons
rats A pack of rats
rats A colony of rats
rats A swarm of rats
rats A rabble of rats
ravens An unkindness of ravens
ravens A conspiracy of ravens
rebuttals A quiver of rebuttals
relatives A descent of relatives Spurious
rhinoceroses A crash of rhinoceroses
rooks A building of rooks
rooks A clamour of rooks
ruffs A hill of ruffs
salmon A run of salmon
salmon A bind of salmon
sandpipers A fling of sandpipers
satellites A constellation of satellites
scots A disworship of scots
sea fowl A cloud of sea fowl
seagulls A flock of seagulls
seals A spring of seals
seals A pod of seals
seals A plum of seals Uncertain
secret agents A bond of secret agents Spurious
senators A house of senators
servants An obesiance of servants
lambs A fall of lambs
sheep A flock of sheep
sheep A trip of sheep
sheldrakes A doading of sheldrakes
sailors A crew of sailors
ships A flotilla of ships
ships A fleet of ships
ships An armada of ships
snails A rout of snails
snakes A den of snakes
snakes A bed of snakes
snakes A pit of snakes
snakes A nest of snakes
snakes A slither of snakes
snipe A walk of snipe
snipe A wisp of snipe
soldiers A company of soldiers
soldiers A brigade of soldiers
soldiers A squad of soldiers
soldiers A platoon of soldiers
soldiers A division of soldiers
sparrows A ubiquity of sparrows
sparrows A quarrel of sparrows
sparrows A host of sparrows
spiders A clutter of spiders
spiders A cluster of spiders
squirrels A dray of squirrels
stars A galaxy of stars
starlings A murmuration of starlings
stockbrokers A portfolio of stockbrokers Spurious
storks A muster of storks
storks A phalanx of storks Uncertain
strumpets A blast of strumpets Spurious
students A class of students
swallows A flight of swallows
swallows A gulp of swallows Spurious
swans (flying) A wedge of swans (flying)
swans A whiteness of swans
swans A bevy of swans
swans A bank of swans
swans An eyrar of swans Uncertain
swine A sounder of swine
swine A drift of swine
submarines A pack of submarines
tailors A disguising of tailors
tasks An agenda of tasks
teal A spring of teal
teal A diving of teal
thieves A den of thieves
things A bunch of things
thrushes A mutation of thrushes
tigers A streak of tigers
tigers An ambush of tigers
toads A knot of toads
toddlers A mine of toddlers Spurious
tourists A flock of tourists
trash A heap of trash
tree surgeons A graft of tree surgeons Spurious
trees A grove of trees
trees A thicket of trees
trees A stand of trees
troops A parel of troops
trout A hover of trout
trucks A convoy of trucks
tubas (players) A tumult of tubas (players) Spurious
turkeys A rafter of turkeys
turkeys A raffle of turkeys
turtles A turn of turtles
turtles A dule of turtles
turtles A bale of turtles
turtledoves A pitying of turtledoves
unicorns A blessing of unicorns
vicaries (vicars) A prudence of vicaries (vicars)
vipers A nest of vipers
wagers A book of wagers
waiters An indifference of waiters Spurious
walruses A herd of walruses
walruses An ugly of walruses
waterfowl A plump of waterfowl
waterfowl A knob of waterfowl Uncertain
weasels A sneak of weasels
whales A school of whales
whales A herd of whales
whales A pod of whales
whales A gam of whales
widgeon A coil of widgeon
widows An ambush of widows Spurious
wikipedians A page of wikipedians
witches A coven of witches
wolves A rout of wolves
wolves A pack of wolves
wolves A rout of wolves
women A gaggle of women
woodpeckers A descent of woodpeckers
worms A clew of worms Uncertain
worshipers A congregation of worshipers
yeomen A fellowship of yeomen
zebra A zeal of zebra
zebra A herd of zebra

The phrase "An abomination of monks" is frequently cited as a legitimate collective noun for monks. It is actually a misinterpretation of the title of a protestant treatise written by Jan Hus around 1400.

An "anthology of prostitutes" is a pun on "anthology of prose", as "pro" is a common contraction for prostitute in Britain and elsewhere.

The phrase "A court of kangaroos" is frequently thought to be legitimate, given the (quite unrelated) expression "a kangaroo court". There is no known evidence of its legitimacy as a collective noun, however.