What is the difference between clowder and kindle?

clowder | kindle | Hyponyms |

Kindle is a hyponym of clowder.

Clowder is a hypernym of kindle.

As nouns the difference between clowder and kindle

is that clowder is a group of cats while kindle is (obsolete) a group of kittens.

As a verb kindle is

to start (a fire) or light (a torch).




(en noun)
  • A group of cats.
  • * 2007 , Kathryn Soper, Cat Wrangling Made Easy
  • Real cat fights are rare in established clowders . So instead of risking serious injury, cats resort to menace and threats.
  • * 2010 , The Big Bang Theory , episode “ The Zazzy Substitution
  • Leonard : You’re clearly upset about Amy being gone, and you’re trying to replace her with a bunch of cats.
    Sheldon : Clowder .
    Leonard : What?
    Sheldon : A group of cats is a clowder . Or a glaring. It’s the kind of thing you ought to know now that we have one.
  • * 2011 , M.D. Pueppke, Fuzzy the Cat, The One and Only , “ Getting on terms with the terms
  • How ?bout organizing a party of clowder' chowder. You know, big servings of chowder for the cat ' clowder .


    * (l)


    * kindle (group of kittens)

    See also



    * Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006. 12 Oct. 2006. English collective nouns




    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A group of kittens.
  • A kindle of kittens.


    * clowder, glaring


  • To start (a fire) or light (a torch, a match, coals, etc.).
  • * 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
  • And then it was that I first perceived the danger in which I stood; for there was no hope of kindling a light, and I doubted now whether even in the light I could ever have done much to dislodge the great slab of slate.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author=(Henry Petroski)
  • , title= Geothermal Energy , volume=101, issue=4, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame.}}
  • (figuratively) To arouse or inspire (a passion, etc).
  • (obsolete) To bring forth young; to give birth.
  • * (Shakespeare)
  • * Holland
  • The poor beast had but lately kindled .


    * (to start a fire): ignite * (to arouse): arouse, inspire


    * (to start a fire): douse, extinguish * (to arouse): dampen


    * * * English collective nouns