why is a group of skunks called a surfeit?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I'm not sure about all the "whys" but here is a partial list you might enjoy reading.

    ANTELOPES A HERD of antelopes.

    ANTS A COLONY of ants., An ARMY of ants.,A STATE or SWARM of ants.

    APES A SHREWDNESS of apes

    ASSES A HERD or PACE of asses, A DROVE of asses.

    BABOONS A TROOP of baboons

    BACTERIA A CULTURE of bacteria.

    BADGERS A CETE of badgers

    BARRACUDAS A BATTERY of barracudas.

    BASS A SHOAL of bass.

    BATS A COLONY of bats., A CLOUD of bats.

    BEARS A SLOTH or SLEUTH of bears

    BEAVERS A COLONY of beavers., A FAMILY of beavers.

    BEES A GRIST, HIVE, SWARM, DRIFT or BIKE of bees, A CLUSTER, ERST or NEST of bees.

    BIRDS A FLOCK, FLIGHT, or PARCEL of birds., A POD of birds (small flock),A VOLARY of birds (in an aviary),A BRACE = a pair of gamebirds or waterfowl, A DISSIMULATION of birds.

    BISON A HERD of bison.

    BITTERNS A SEDGE of bitterns. .

    BOAR (WILD) A SOUNDER or SINGULAR of wild boar

    BOBOLINKS A CHAIN of bobolinks

    BUCK A BRACE OR CLASH of bucks.

    BUDGERIGARS (PARAKEETS) A CHATTER of budgerigars.

    BUFFALO A HERD, TROUP, GANG or OBSTINACY of buffalo

    BULLOCKS A DROVE of bullocks.

    BUTTERFLIES A SWARM or RABBLE of butterflies., A KALEIDOSCOPE of butterflies., A FLUTTER of butterflies.

    BUZZARDS A WAKE of buzzards.

    CAMELS A CARAVAN, FLOCK or TRAIN of camels.

    CARIBOU A HERD of caribou.

    CATERPILLARS An ARMY of caterpillars.

    CATTLE A HERD, DROVE or DRIFT of cattle., A MOB of cattle (US)

    CATS A CLOWDER of cats., A POUNCE of cats., A KINDLE, LITTER OR INTRIGUE (for kittens)

    A CLUTTER of cats., A COMFORT of cats.

    CHEETAHS A COALITION of cheetahs

    CHICKEN A BROOD, CLUTCH, flock, run or PEEP of chicken

    CHICKS A CLUTCH OR CHATTERING of chicks.

    CHOUGHS A CHATTERING of choughs.

    CLAMS A BED of clams

    COBRAS A QUIVER of cobras

    COCKROACHES An INTRUSION of cockroaches.

    COLTS A RAG of colts.

    COOTS A COVERT or COVER* of coots.

    CORMORANTS A GULP (SOLITUDE) OR FLIGHT of cormorants.

    COWS A KINE of cows (12 cows are a FLINK)

    COYOTE A PACK of coyotes, A TRAIN of coyotes, A BAND of coyotes

    CRABS A BUSHEL of crabs

    CRANES A HERD, SEIGE or SEDGE* of cranes

    CROCODILES A CONGREGATION or NEST, A BASK or FLOAT of crocodiles., A STRIKER (unconfirmed)

    CROWS A MURDER of crows, A HORDE of crows.

    CUBS A LITTER of cubs

    CURLEW A HERD of curlew

    CURS A COWARDICE of curs.

    DEER A HERD, LEASH or MOB of deer

    ROE DEER A BEVY of roe deer.

    DOGFISH A TROOP of dogfish

    DOGS A PACK (wild dogs) or KENNEL of dogs, A COWARDICE of curs.,

    A LITTER of puppies.

    DOLPHINS A SCHOOL of dolphins., A POD of dolphins.

    DONKEYS A HERD or PACE of donkeys/asses

    DOTTEREL A TRIP of dotterel.

    DOVES A FLIGHT, DULE or DOLE of doves., A PITYING of turtle doves.

    DUCKS A RAFT, PADDLING or BUNCH of ducks on water., A TEAM, BRACE, BED, FLIGHT OR FLOCK* of wild ducks in flight.

    DUNLINS A FLING of dunlins

    EAGLES A CONVOCATION of eagles., A CONGREGATION of eagles.

    ELEPHANTS A HERD or PARADE* of elephants, A CRASH of elephants.

    ELK A HERD of elk., A GANG of elk (US)

    EMUS A MOB of emus.

    FERRETS A BUSINESS of ferrets

    FINCHES A CHARM of finches

    FISH A SHOAL, DRAFT, NEST, SCHOOL* of fish., A RUN of fish in motion.

    FLAMINGOES A STAND of flamingoes., A FLAMBOYANCE of flamingoes.

    FLIES A CLOUD, HATCH, BUSINESS or SWARM of flies.

    FOXES A SKULK of foxes, A CLOUD, TROOP, or COMPANY of foxes., A LEASH OR EARTH of foxes

    FROGS An ARMY or COLONY of frogs.

    GEESE A GAGGLE or FLOCK of geese., A SKEIN, TEAM or WEDGE of geese (in the air), A PLUMP of geese (on water)

    GIRAFFES A CORPS, TROOP, HERD , TOWER, KINDERGARTEN or JOURNEY of giraffes

    GNATS A CLOUD OR HORDE of gnats.

    GNUS An IMPLAUSIBILITY of gnus.

    GOATS A FLOCK, HERD or TRIBE of goats, A TRIP of goats

    GOLDFINCHES A CHARM of goldfinches.

    GOLDFISH A TROUBLING of goldfish.

    GORILLAS A BAND of gorillas

    GRASSHOPPERS A CLOUD of grasshoppers.

    GREYHOUNDS A LEASH of greyhounds.

    GROUSE A PACK or COVEY of grouse

    GUILLEMOTS A BAZAAR of guillemots.

    GULLS A COLONY of gulls.

    HAMSTERS A HORDE of hamsters.

    HARES A HUSK, DOWN or MUTE of hares.

    HAWKS A CAST, KETTLE (flying in large numbers) or BOIL (two or more) of hawks.

    HEDGEHOGS An ARRAY of hedgehogs.

    HENS A BROOD of hens.

    HERONS A SCATTERING, SEIGE or SEDGE of herons.

    HERRING An ARMY of herring.

    HIPPOPOTAMI A BLOAT of hippopotami (or hippopotamuses)

    HOGS A DRIFT or PARCEL of hogs.

    HORNETS A NEST of hornets.

    HORSES A STUD or STRING of horses (Breeding), A TEAM, HARRAS, PAIR or RAG of horses (i.e. colts.), A FIELD, HERD, REMUDA, SET or STABLE of horses.

    HOUNDS A PACK, KENNEL, MUTE or CRY of hounds, Possibly LEASH of hounds (but cannot confirm this fact)

    HYENAS A CACKLE of hyenas.

    INSECTS A SWARM of insects

    JACKRABBITS A HUSK of jackrabbits.

    JAYS A PARTY or SCOLD of jays.

    JELLYFISH A BROOD, SMUCK or SMACK of jellyfish.

    KANGAROOS A MOB or TROOP of kangaroos

    KITTENS A KENDLE, KINDLE or LITTER of kittens.

    LADYBIRDS (LADYBUGS / LADYBEETLES), A LOVELINESS of ladybirds.

    LAPWINGS A DESERT or DECEIT of lapwings.

    LARKS A BEVY of larks., An EXALTATION of larks., An ASCENSION of larks.

    LEMURS A GROUP of lemurs

    LEOPARDS A LEAP of leopards

    LICE A FLOCK of lice.

    LIONS A PRIDE, FLOCK, SAWT, SOUSE, or TROOP of lions.

    LOCUSTS A CLOUD, PLAGUE or SWARM of locusts.

    MAGPIES A TITTERING, TIDING, GULP, MURDER or CHARM* of magpies.

    MALLARDS A SORD or BRACE of mallards.

    MARES A STUD of mares.

    MARTENS A RICHESSE of martens.

    MEERKATS A MOB of meerkats.

    MINNOWS A STEAM of minnows.

    MOLES A LABOUR of moles

    MONKEYS A TROOP, CARTLOAD

    MOOSE A HERD of moose.

    MULES A BARREN, PACK or SPAN of mules.

    NIGHTINGALES A WATCH of nightingales.

    OTTERS A FAMILY, BEVY or ROMP of otters., A RAFT of otters

    OWLS A PARLIAMENT of owls.,A STARE or WISDOM of owls.,A STUDY of owls.

    OXEN A TEAM or YOKE of oxen, A DROVE or HERD of oxen,A SPAN of oxen

    OYSTERS A BED of oysters

    PARROTS A PANDEMONIUM or COMPANY of parrots.

    PARTRIDGES A COVEY of partridges

    PEACOCKS A MUSTER or OSTENTATION* of peacocks. ,A PULCHRITUDE of peacocks..

    PEEPS A LITTER of peeps.

    PENGUINS A ROOKERY or COLONY* of penguins

    PHEASANTS A HEAD, NYE, NEST, BOUQUET, NIDE (BROOD)* or BEVY of pheasants

    PIGEONS A KIT of pigeons (flying together),A FLOCK , FLIGHT , LOFT of pigeons.

    PIGSA HERD, TRIP or LITTER of pigs, A DRIFT, DROVE, SOUNDER (swine), TEAM, PASSEL (hogs)

    PLOVERS A STAND, WING OR CONGREGATION of plovers

    PONIES A DROVE OR STRING of ponies.

    PORCUPINES A PRICKLE of porcupines.

    PORPOISES A HERD, SCHOOL or POD of porpoises.

    PTARMIGAN A COVEY of Ptarmigan

    PUPS A LITTER of pups,A PUDDLE of pups

    QUAIL A BEVY, DRIFT or COVEY of quail

    RABBITS A BURY, COLONY, CIRCLE, NEST, HERD (domestic), LITTER (young) of rabbits.

    RACEHORSES A STRING of racehorses

    RATS A COLONY of rats.,A PACK or SWARM of rats.

    RATTLESNAKES A RHUMBA of rattlesnakes..

    RAVENS An UNKINDNESS of ravens.,A MURDER of ravens.

    REINDEER A HERD of reindeer.

    RHINOS A CRASH or HERD of rhinos

    ROEBUCKS A BEVY of roebucks.

    ROOKS A BUILDING or ROOKERY of rooks., A CLAMOUR of rooks. A PARLIAMENT of rooks.

    RUFFS A HILL of ruffs

    SARDINES A FAMILY of sardines.

    SCHNAUZERS A STENCH of Schnauzers

    SEA OTTERS A RAFT of sea otters .

    SEALS A HERD, HAREM, TRIP or ROOKERY of seals, A POD of seals (a small herd)

    SHARKS A SHIVER of sharks.

    SHEEP A FLOCK, HERD, HIRSEL, PACK, DROVE* or TRIP of sheep, A MOB of sheep (Australian)

    SKUNK A surfeit of skunk

    SNAKES A NEST or KNOT of snakes.

    SNIPE A WISP or WALK of snipe

    SPARROWS A HOST of sparrows.

    SQUIRRELS A DRAY or SCURRY of squirrels.

    STARLINGS A MURMURATION of starlings, A FILTH of starlings

    STORKS A MUSTERING of storks.

    SWALLOWS A FLIGHT or GULP of swallows

    SWANS A GAME, BANK, TEAM, HERD or BEVY of swans, WEDGE of swans in the air., A LAMENTATION of swans.

    SWIFTS A FLOCK of swifts

    SWINE A HERD, DRIFT OR SOUNDER of swine

    TEAL A SPRING of teal.

    TERMITES A BROOD, COLONY, NEST OR SWARM of termites.

    THRUSHES A MUTATION of thrushes.

    TIGERS An AMBUSH or STREAK* of tigers.

    TOADS A KNOT or KNAB of toads

    TROUT A HOVER of trout.

    TURKEYS A RAFTER or GANG* of turkeys.

    TURTLE DOVES A PITYING or DULE of turtle doves.

    TURTLES A BALE, DOLE or NEST* of turtles, A TURN of turtles.

    UNICORNS A BLESSING of unicorns.

    VIPERS A NEST of vipers.

    VULTURES A COMMITTEE of vultures.

    WALRUSES A HERD or POD of walruses.

    WASPS A PLADGE of wasps. PAIL of wasps.

    WATERFOWL A BUNCH, KNOB, TRIP or PLUMP* of waterfowl

    WEASELS A BOOGLE, GANG, CONFUSION or PACK of weasels.

    WHALES A SCHOOL, HERD or GAM of whales, A POD of whales (small school) A GRIND of bottle nose whales

    WIDGEON A COMPANY or TRIP of widgeon

    WILDFOWL A BUNCH, TRIP or PLUMP of wildfowl. A KNOB of wildfowl (less than 30)

    WOLVES A PACK or ROUT of wolves

    WOODCOCKS A FALL of woodcocks.

    WOODPECKERS A DESCENT of woodpeckers.

    WRENS

    A HERD of wrens

    A CHIME of wrens

    ZEBRAS A ZEAL, HERD or DAZZLE of zebras

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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    why is a group of skunks called a surfeit?

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  • 3 years ago

    One Skunk is enough, two skunks are enough, more skunks are a surfeit

  • Janet
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    19-29

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I call it a hip-hop concert.

  • rich k
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Because that's too many.

  • 1 decade ago

    Because they had to call it something!!

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