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HERD, noun

1. A collection or assemblage; applied to beasts when feeding or driven together. We say, a herd of horses, oxen, cattle, camels, elephants, bucks, harts, and in Scripture, a herd of swine. But we say, a flock of sheep, goats, or birds. A number of cattle going to market is called a drove.

2. A company of men or people, in contempt or detestation; a crowd; a rabble; as a vulgar herd

HERD, noun A keeper of cattle; used by Spenser, and still used in Scotland, but in English now seldom or never used, except in composition, as a shepherd, a goatherd, a swineherd.

HERD, verb intransitive To unite or associate, as beasts; to feed or run in collections. Most kinds of beasts manifest a disposition to herd

1. To associate; to unite in companies customarily.

2. To associate; to become one of a number or party.

HERD, verb transitive To form or put into a herd