There are 2 definitions of flock in English:

flock1

Syllabification: flock
Pronunciation: /fläk
 
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noun

  • 1A number of birds of one kind feeding, resting, or traveling together: a flock of gulls
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    • After that they may join a flock of other juvenile birds.
    • A flock of four birds is the most common size in Parus during winter.
    • They shot through the clouds and scared a flock of native birds.
    Synonyms
    flight, congregation, covey, clutch
  • 1.1A number of domestic animals, especially sheep, goats, or geese, that are kept together: a flock of sheep
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    • Just about all the staff are very conservative, good church-going types - and I stick out like a purple goat in a flock of white-washed sheep.
    • Yohanna climbed the path over the mountain, and there at the crest in the middle of a flock of sheep and goats, stood Yusef and David, tending three donkeys laden with packs.
    • They also run a flock of early lambing sheep and a small suckler cow herd.
    Synonyms
  • 1.2 (flocks) Large crowds of people: flocks of young people hung around at twilight
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    • Thereafter people came in flocks to carve caves to express their belief in the Buddhas.
    • The gate to the king's manor didn't stop swinging for a moment; they came in flocks and droves, from east and west, both riding and walking.
    Synonyms
  • 1.3A group of children or students in someone’s charge.
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    • But Mr Mitchell believes his flock are taking a light-hearted approach to the West Yorkshire clash at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
  • 1.4A Christian congregation or body of believers, especially one under the charge of a particular minister: Thomas addressed his flock
    [alluding to the metaphor of Christ or a Christian pastor as a shepherd]
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    • I could surrender everything to the Lord - my dear wife and children, my congregation as a dear flock, the seminary and its staff.
    • A Newbold church is packing its pews with a new flock of Asian Christians thanks to the multi-lingual skills of the curate.
    • And he has urged his flock to contemplate their Christian response and ‘reflect with the eyes of faith on the big issues of the day.’

verb

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Origin

Old English flocc, of unknown origin. The original sense was 'a band or body of people': this became obsolete, but has been reintroduced as a transferred use of the sense 'a number of animals kept together'.

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There are 2 definitions of flock in English:

flock2

Syllabification: flock
Pronunciation: /
 
fläk/
(also flocking)

noun

[often as modifier]
  • 1A soft material for stuffing cushions, quilts, and other soft furnishings, made of wool refuse or torn-up cloth: flock mattresses
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    • All excess flock fibers are automatically collected and recycled back to the dispensing hopper.
    • In considering the diagnosis of flock worker's lung, the symptom profile is crucial in raising clinical suspicion.
    • Those results are consistent with Schillaci's findings and support our flock composition results.
  • 1.1Powdered wool or cloth, sprinkled on wallpaper, cloth, or metal to make a raised pattern.
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    • But the very existence of Michelin-starred Indian restaurants may signal the death knell of flock wall-paper, lager and an onion bhaji.
    • The hall was decorated in green flock paper, and was furnished with a modern two layer bronze and teak tripod table.
  • 1.2A lock or tuft of wool or cotton.

Derivatives

flocky

adjective
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  • The table linen was decorated with a pair of ostriches and their flocky babies resting in a green grassland.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French floc, from Latin floccus (see floccus).

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