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Sense: 1-3
Origin: Old English flocc 'crowd'
Sense: 4-5
Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: floc 'piece of wool', from Latin floccus

flock

1 noun
     
Related topics: Household, Christianity
flock1
1 [countable]HB a group of sheep, goats, or birds
flock of
a flock of small birds
2 [countable usually singular] a large group of people [= crowd]
flock of
a flock of children
3 [countable usually singular]RRC a priest's flock is the group of people who regularly attend his or her church
4 [uncountable]DH small pieces of wool or cotton that are used for filling cushions
5 also flocking American English [uncountable]DH a soft substance that is used to make patterns on the surface of wallpaper, curtains etc

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