Collective Nouns in Portuguese: Animals Posted by Rachel on May 24, 2011 in Learning
While these nouns aren’t as vital to daily conversation as some other nouns you’ll learn here, they’ll help you sound like a much more experienced speaker. Today, we’re going to learn about animal collectives, or coletivos.
alcateia = pack (of wolves, hyenas, wild dogs)
cáfila = caravan of camels
cardume = school of fish
enxame = swarm (of insects, like bees)
manada = herd of animals (including but not limited to elephants, cattle, donkeys, and horses)
matilha = pack of dogs
ninhada = litter (of baby dogs or cats); brood
rebanho = flock of sheep or goats
revoada, bando, nuvem = flock of birds
And my favorite…
panapaná = rabble/swarm of butterflies
Can you think of any other animal collectives in Portuguese?
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