You know which animals move in packs, schools, and herds, but what about a wake, a business, or a flamboyance?
1. A CACKLE OF HYENAS
While clan is the much more accepted term, there"s something very appropriate about cackle. And though their laughs and giggles sound entertaining, they"re really how spotted hyenas express anger, frustration, and warnings to stay away.
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2. A SHREWDNESS OF APES
This term has around since the late 1400s—at the time, shrewdness referred to the mischievous nature of apes, though knowing now how intelligent they are, the term still works.
3. A RAFT OF OTTERS
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, many aquatic animals, such as ducks or puffins, also form rafts.
4. A MURDER OF CROWS
In the 15th century, crows were considered to be omens of death and messengers from the devil or evil powers.
5. A SCURRY OF SQUIRRELS
Scurries are fairly unusual since squirrels are not pack animals by nature, so the more commonly used dray refers to a nest consisting of a mother squirrel and her young.
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6. A WAKE OF VULTURES
For vultures, a wake specifically refers to a group feeding on a carcass. The less morbid terms kettle and committee are reserved for groups that are flying and resting in trees, respectively.