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Topic: ANIMALS

Language: Old English
Origin: heord

herd

1 noun
     
herd1
1 [countable]TAHBA a group of animals of one kind that live and feed together [↪ flock]
herd of
a herd of cattle
herds of elephants
2

the herd

PS people generally, especially when thought of as being easily influenced by others:
You have to be an individual; it's no use running with the herd.
the herd instinct (=the need to behave in the same way as everyone else does)
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