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How many ferrets in a "business"...

or geese in a "gaggle"?

The words "business" or "gaggle" simply mean a group of something. It does not denote any specific amount.
"Herd" is a good example of a similar type of word. We say a herd of cows.
The herd could be 20 cows or 2,000 cows. Either way, it's still a herd of cows.

Collective nouns are also referred to as "group nouns" and even "nouns of assemblage."
Many of the terms describing groups of animals are pretty entertaining.
You may have seen one or two of these floating around, but here we've done our best to be comprehensive:

A herd of antelope
A colony
(swarm, army) of ants
A shrewdness
(troup) of apes
A herd
(pace) of asses
A culture of bacteria
A cete of badgers
A battery of barracudas
A shoal of bass
A sleuth
(sloth) of bears
A colony of beavers
A swarm
(cluster, grist, hive, nest) of bees
A flock
(congregation, volary, dissimulation, parcel) of birds
A sounder of boars
A herd
(gang, obstinacy) of buffalo
A brace
(clash) of bucks
A flight
(flutter) of butterflies
A caravan of camels
An army of caterpillars
A clowder
(clutter) of cats
A herd
(drove, drift, mob) of cattle
A brood
(peep, clutch) of chickens
A clutch
(chattering) of chicks
A bed of clams
A quiver of cobras
A rag of colts
A cover of coots
A kine of cows
A band of coyote
A herd
(sedge, siege) of cranes
A float
(bask) of crocodiles
A murder
(murmuration) of crows
A litter of cubs
A herd of curlews
A cowardice of curs
A herd
(bevy) of deer
A pack
(kennel) of dogs
A pod of dolphin
A pace of donkeys
A dule
(flight, dole) of doves
A paddling
(brace, flock, raft—in flight, team, paddling—swimming) of ducks
A convocation of eagles
A swarm
(bed) of eels
A clutch of eggs
A herd of elephants
A pod of elephant seals
A gang of elk
A mob of emus
A business of ferrets
A charm of finches
A school
(shoal, run, haul, catch, drought) of fish
A swarm
(business) of flies
A skulk
(leash) of foxes
An army of frogs
A colony of frogs
A gaggle
(skein when in flight) of geese
A swarm
(cloud, horde) of gnats
A herd
(tribe, trip) of goats
A charm of goldfinches
A cloud of goldfish
A band of gorillas
A cluster of grasshoppers
A leash of greyhounds
A down
(husk, down, mute) of hares
A cast
(kettle) of hawks
An array of hedgehogs
A brood of hens
A hedge of herons
A shoal of herrings
A bloat of hippopotami
A drift
(passel, parcel) of hogs
A harras
(herd, remuda, string) of horses
A pack
(mute, cry) of hounds
A husk of jackrabbits
A band of jays
A smack of jellyfish
A troop
(mob) of kangaroos
A kindle
(litter) of kittens
A deceit of lapwings
An ascension
(exaltation) of larks
A leap
(leep) of leopards
A flock of lice
A pride of lions
A plague
(swarm) of locusts
A tiding (tittering) of magpies
A sord of mallards
A stud of mares
A richness of martens
A labor of moles
A troop of monkeys
A barren
(span) mules
A nest of mice


A shoal
(steam, swarm) of minnows
A watch of nightingales
A family of otters
A parliament of owls
A yoke
(drove, team, herd) oxen
A bed of oysters
A pandemonium of parrots
A covey of partridges
A muster
(ostentation) of peacocks
A litter of peeps
A rookery of penguins
A nide
(nye, bouquet) of pheasants
A litter
(drove) of pigs
A shoal of pilchards
A wing
(congregation) of plovers
A string
(drove) of ponies
A pod
(herd, school) of porpoises
A run of poultry
A coterie of prairie dogs
A covey
(bevy) of quail
A nest
(bury) of rabbits
A pack
(swarm) of rats
A rhumba of rattlesnakes
An unkindness of ravens
A crash of rhinos
A shoal of roaches
A building
(clamor) of rooks
A run of salmon
A family of sardines
A herd
(pod, trip) of seals
A shoal of sharks
A flock of sheep
A nest
(bed, knot, den, pit) of snakes
A walk
(wisp) of snipe
A host of sparrows
A cluster
(clutter) of spiders
A dray of squirrels
A murmuration of starlings
A mustering of storks
A flight
(gulp) of swallows
A herd
(bevy, lamentation, wedge) of swans
A flock of swifts
A sounder
(drift) of swine
A spring of teal
A colony
(nest, swarm, brood) of termites
A mutation of thrushes
An ambush of tigers
A knot
(knab) of toads
A hover of trout
A rafter
(raft) of turkeys
A pitying
(dule) of turtledoves
A bale
(turn, dole) of turtles
A pod of walrus
A nest
(herd, pladge) of wasps
A school
(gam, pod) of whales
A nest
(generation) of vipers
A knob
(bunch, trip, plump) of wildfowl
A pack
(route, herd) of wolves
A fall of woodcocks
A descent of woodpeckers
A herd of wrens
A zeal of zebras

~Source: Dribbleglass.com

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