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A murmuration of starlings : the collective nouns of animals and birds

Author: Steve Palin
Publisher: Ludlow : Merlin Unwin, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A flock of birds, even a skein of geese perhaps -- but a cete of badgers, or a grist of bees? The collective nouns of animals and birds have long inspired and intrigued us. Many have their roots in medieval times, in particular applied to those creatures hunted by man, and subject to the etiquette of their proper group names. Author Steve Palin has beautifully illustrated and given the background to about fifty  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Terminology
Nomenclature (Popular)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Palin
ISBN: 9781906122546 1906122547
OCLC Number: 854619107
Description: 102 pages : color illustrations ; 17 cm
Responsibility: written and illustrated by Steve Palin.

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A flock of birds, even a skein of geese perhaps -- but a cete of badgers, or a grist of bees? The collective nouns of animals and birds have long inspired and intrigued us. Many have their roots in medieval times, in particular applied to those creatures hunted by man, and subject to the etiquette of their proper group names. Author Steve Palin has beautifully illustrated and given the background to about fifty different animals and birds with interesting collective nouns -- and listed 420 of them in his glossary. This elegant little book will appeal to all those with a fascination for the English language, those who want the answers for quizzes and crossword puzzles, and those with an interest in animals and birds.

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