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noun 
  1. A number of beasts assembled together; as, a herd of horses, oxen, cattle, camels, elephants, deer, or swine; a particular stock or family of cattle.
    • 1768, w:Thomas Gray, Thomas Gray, s:Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,
    • : The lowing wind slowly o"er the lea.
    • 2007, J. Michael Fay, Ivory Wars: Last Stand in Zakouma, National Geographic (March 2007), 47,
    • : Zakouma is the last place on Earth where you can see more than a thousand elephants on the move in a single, compact .
      1. A crowd of low people; a rabble.
      But far more numerous was the of such Who think too little and who talk too much. Dryden.
      You can never interest the common in the abstract question. Coleridge.
      1. One who herds or assembles domestic animals; a herdsman; -- much used in composition; as, a shepherd; a goatherd, and the like.
verb 
  1. To unite or associate in a herd; to feed or run together, or in company; as, sheep herd on many hills.
  2. To associate; to ally one's self with, or place one's self among, a group or company.
I"ll among his friends, and seem One of the number. Addison.
  1. To act as a herdsman or a shepherd.
  2. To form or put into a herd.
I heard the herd of cattle being herded home from a long way away.
Etymology: herd, heord, heord. hirde, herde, heorde, hirde, hyrde, heorde. (Person who herds.)


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