bevy

A bevy is a flock of birds. Although the term can be used for a variety of birds, it most often refers specifically to a bevy of quail. Other terms exist to describe flocks of other types of birds, for example, a murder of crows.

A bevy can also describe a large gathering of people, usually of the same type (a bevy of schoolchildren; a bevy of tourists). Most often, however, bevy is used to refer to a gathering of women. At a family reunion, you may find your grandmother holding court in the kitchen with a bevy of female relations. Young, attractive women are sometimes referred to, somewhat poetically, as "a bevy of beauties."

DEFINITIONS OF: bevy

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n a flock of birds (especially when gathered close together on the ground)

“we were visited at breakfast by a bevy of excited ducks”
Type of:
flock
a group of birds

n a large gathering of people of a particular type

“he was surrounded by a bevy of beauties in bathing attire”
“a bevy of young beach boys swarmed around him”
Type of:
assemblage, gathering
a group of persons together in one place
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