Loading...

American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

Dictionary Search

Flock


FLOCK, noun [Latin floccus. It is the same radically as flake, and applied to wool or hair, we write it lock. See Flake.]

1. A company or collection; applied to sheep and other small animals. A flock of sheep answers to a herd of larger cattle. But the word may sometimes perhaps be applied to larger beasts, and in the plural, flocks may include all kinds of domesticated animals.

2. A company or collection of fowls of any kind, and when applied to birds on the wing, a flight; as a flock of wild-geese; a flock of ducks; a flock of blackbirds. in the United States, flocks of wild-pigeons sometimes darken the air.

3. A body or crowd of people. [little used. Gr. a troop.]

4. A lock of wool or hair. Hence, a flockbed.

FLOCK, verb intransitive To gather in companies or crowds; applied to men or other animals. People flock together. They flock to the play-house.

Friends daily flock