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Droves

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Drove

1. A collection of cattle driven, or cattle collected for driving; a number of animals, as oxen, sheep, or swine, driven in a body.

2. Any collection of irrational animals, moving or driving forward; as, a finny drove.

3. A crowd of people in motion. Where droves, as at a city gate, may pass. (Dryden)

4. A road for driving cattle; a driftway.

5. (Science: agriculture) a narrow drain or channel used in the irrigation of land.

6. A broad chisel used to bring stone to a nearly smooth surface; called also drove chisel. The grooved surface of stone finished by the drove chisel; called also drove work.

Origin: as. Draf, fr. Drifan to drive. See drive.