Dear Doctor: A clowder of cats?

Q. I just read that a group of cats is called a clowder. Where does that term come from? Susan MaleMadison, New Jersey Dear Ms. Male, A. “Clowder” is an early 19th-century variant of the word “clutter,” which comes from the Old English word “clott,” meaning lump. If you think that doesn’t sound so good, […]
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