Collective noun for icebergs

For communicating here, we have principally the English language, which I’ve discovered includes no collective noun for icebergs — so here’s our big chance to give something back to the language that means so much to us all!

This discovery arose from a post about icebergs from Antarctica reaching New Zealand.

Choose from the list below the word you think best describes icebergs together and give it your vote. Before long, we’ll send our most popular suggestion to a dictionary editor — the most expensive we can find.

If you have another creative suggestion for a suitable collective noun for icebergs, tell us and we’ll include it in the poll! Just write a comment, below.


Thank you. Lexicologists around the world salute you!

Ostrich

11 Thoughts on “Collective noun for icebergs

  1. G.S. Williams on February 5, 2010 at 9:14 am said:

    Hi,

    Your name for a group of icebergs, I think, could be a ¨melt¨ of icebergs. After all,they start to melt as soon as they break off the ice shelves.

    What do you think?

    Regards.

    G.S. Williams

    • Your reasoning is strictly practical but your word is euphonious so it’s in the list! Thank you.

      Personally, I’m in love with iceberg grandeur — the immensity, the deep colours, the spectacular forms — and your suggestion describes their destruction rather than their glorious being. But then “melt” has a certain attraction, too. It seems to merge with the iceberg as the iceberg merges with the sea. It titles the inevitable sad fate of one of the grandest creations of the landscape.

  2. Icebergs are a product of an iceshelf; they are the offspring; call them a “Litter”. Also their largeness together could be called a “Fleet”.

  3. A Floatilla seems to fit,the climate scientwists should know after the money they have frittered on false lights.

  4. Huub Bakker on August 18, 2010 at 9:23 pm said:

    According to my wife, who is a chief reporter and knowledgeable in such matters, the collective noun for a group of icebergs is a pack.

    If I could choose I would favour the word ‘armada’; I think that has the majesty required by a large group of floating ice castles. :-)

    • Mike Jowsey on August 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm said:

      Flotilla or armada would be my picks. Armada is grand, but implies malevolence. Which I guess may be valid given their hazardous effect on shipping.

  5. Peter Fraser on April 12, 2011 at 10:24 pm said:

    What about a pod of icebergs. Icebergs are often associated with whales and pod indicates large size

  6. a flock of icebergs seems acceptable, though they are not animated….

    a camp of icebergs, like a tent camp or an igloo camp, is suggestive.

    My favourite is Jim’s litter !

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  8. An “obstacle” of icebergs.

    I know, I’m a couple of years too late!

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