FUN: Zoological Wordplay

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Science  26 Mar 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5666, pp. 1951
DOI: 10.1126/science.303.5666.1951b

Everyone knows that a group of lions is called a pride and that a male deer is a buck. But what's the word for a gathering of hippos? What do you call a young llama? After romping through the Beastly Garden of Wordy Delights, you'll be able to impress friends and strangers with your knowledge of animal-naming arcana. A baby llama is called a cria, and a group of hippos is, appropriately enough, a bloat. More words that would stump even crossword mavens: a cete of badgers, a murmuration of starlings, a clowder of cats.

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