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Collective Nouns for Tarantulas

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by DrAce, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. DrAce

    DrAce Arachnoangel

    For those who don't know what a collective noun is:
    It's a single noun used to represent a group of similar objects. Think a 'pride' of lions... you can just say 'the pride'
    Or a gaggle of geese
    Or an audit of accountants
    Or a belt of asteroids

    So... what's the collective noun for a group of tarantulas?

    In the absence of any I could find, I thought I'd suggest some, to launch the topic.

    I propose a 'sac' or 'clutch' of spider eggs (because they're eggs in a sac)

    A tickle of spiderlings (they're always 'all legs and hair' when I look at them close)

    and a pause of tarantulas (given their habit of doing nothing for endless periods of time)

    That being said and done, I think we can find some more interesting ones.
  2. Aurelia

    Aurelia Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Well since they live a solitary life in the wild, I don't think there is one for adults, only the "clutch" or "sac" of slings like you mentioned.

    How about a "web" of tarantulas?
  3. DrAce

    DrAce Arachnoangel

    Or, given the structure of the webbing:
    a 'tangle' of tarantulas?
  4. Loaf

    Loaf Arachnosquire

    a fangle of tarantulas
  5. DrAce

    DrAce Arachnoangel

    Sure. I think there should be a reason for the noun, though... why do you think a fangle? Is that a contraction of a fang, and a tangle?
  6. Loaf

    Loaf Arachnosquire

    Exactly!!! But i like your suggestions better.
  7. Transylvania

    Transylvania Zookeeper Old Timer

    How about a group of tarantulas. :rolleyes:
  8. spider_fan

    spider_fan Arachnosquire Old Timer

    If its a group of B. albopilosum it wouldn't be a stretch to call it a flock.
  9. Scott C.

    Scott C. Arachnofloater Arachnosupporter


    It makes sence for geese, lions, etc. to have words of their own because they are social.... Don't need a word for t's....

    That said... I like tangle....
  10. DrAce

    DrAce Arachnoangel

    Well, I think that since we're keeping them in rooms together, they probably need a word.

    Mind you, we've been using a 'collection' for those in bins stacked on top of each other...

    And 'group' is a non-specific collective noun for everything. Surely we can be more adventurous than that.
  11. thread of tarantulas

    I like "a thread of tarantulas"....thread because of the silky threads they web up...and also because when u start a thread on this site, it leads to others....lol
  12. Derek W.

    Derek W. Arachnosquire

    A bunch of tarantulas in the wild in a relatively concentrated area is generally called a colony.
  13. DrAce

    DrAce Arachnoangel

    True, I've heard of a colony. But again, I thought we could be more adventurous...
  14. Lover of 8 legs

    Lover of 8 legs Arachnoknight Old Timer

    In these days of technology and Ipods, how about an OCTAPOD of tarantulas?
  15. bushbuster

    bushbuster Arachnobaron

    Yes, thats the proper term. You could always call it a town though, "Come on down...to Tarantula Town" heh
  16. Thoth

    Thoth Arachnoprince Old Timer

    I know for spiders, it is a clutter of spiders. (also accepable is cluster). So a tangle would work since it is in the same vein as clutter.
  17. adbdasT

    adbdasT Arachnopeon

    how about a 'cast' of tarantulas? my $.02
  18. Thoth

    Thoth Arachnoprince Old Timer

    I just thought of one a "dance of tarantulas", a play on the origin of name tarantula.
  19. stk5m

    stk5m Arachnosquire

    Or maybe Tarantuli kinka like ouctopi (sp?) sounds a little funny though....
  20. how about a pain in the bum lol