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

     

    swarm

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//swɔːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɔːrm//
     
    swarm (of something) Groups of animals
     
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  1. 1a large group of insects, especially bees, moving together in the same direction a swarm of bees/locusts/flies Gnats came in swarms to torment them. See related entries: Groups of animals
  2. 2a large group of people, especially when they are all moving quickly in the same direction synonym horde
  3. Word Origin Old English swearm (noun), of Germanic origin; related to German Schwarm, probably also to the base of Sanskrit svarati ‘it sounds’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: swarm

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