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Definition of flock noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    flock

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//flɒk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flɑːk//
     
    Groups of animals, Animal farming, Farm animals
     
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  1. 1[countable + singular or plural verb] flock (of something) a group of sheep, goats or birds of the same type compare herd See related entries: Groups of animals, Animal farming, Farm animals
  2. 2[countable + singular or plural verb] flock (of somebody) a large group of people, especially of the same type a flock of children/reporters They came in flocks to see the procession.
  3. 3[countable + singular or plural verb] (literary) the group of people who regularly attend the church of a particular priest, etc.
  4. 4 [uncountable] small pieces of soft material used for filling cushions, chairs, etc. a flock mattress
  5. 5[uncountable] small pieces of soft material on the surface of paper or cloth that produce a raised pattern flock wallpaper
  6. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 3 Old English flocc, of unknown origin. The original sense was ‘a band or body of people’: this became obsolete, but has been reintroduced as a transferred use of the sense ‘a number of animals kept together’. noun senses 4 to 5 Middle English: from Old French floc, from Latin floccus ‘lock or tuft of wool’.Extra examples These birds fly in huge flocks. a large flock of sheep A flock of birds passed overhead. He looks after a flock of 500 sheep.
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