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EtymologyEdit

A variation, recorded since 1801, of clutter, itself from clot, from Old English clott "a round mass, lump," from Proto-Germanic *klutto- (hence cognate with Dutch kloot "ball, testitcle", Danish klods "a block, lump" and German Klotz "lump, block").

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clowder (plural clowders)

  1. A group of cats or other small felines.
    • 2007, Kathryn Soper, Cat Wrangling Made Easy
      Real cat fights are rare in established clowders. So instead of risking serious injury, cats resort to menace and threats.
    • 2010, The Big Bang Theory, episode “The Zazzy Substitution
      Leonard: You’re clearly upset about Amy being gone, and you’re trying to replace her with a bunch of cats.
      Sheldon: Clowder.
      Leonard: What?
      Sheldon: A group of cats is a clowder. Or a glaring. It’s the kind of thing you ought to know now that we have one.
    • 2011, M.D. Pueppke, Fuzzy the Cat, The One and Only, “Getting on terms with the terms
      How ‛bout organizing a party of clowder chowder. You know, big servings of chowder for the cat clowder.

SynonymsEdit

  • (collective noun for “cats”): glaring

HyponymsEdit

  • (collective noun for “cats”): kindle (group of kittens)

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