A.herd, of horses, Il.19.281; elsewhere in Hom. always of oxen and kine, Il.11.678, etc., cf. βούνομος:—also, any herd or company, συῶν ἀ. Hes.Sc.168; “ἀ. παρθένων” Pi.Fr.112; “μαινάδων” E.Ba.1022; “πτηνῶν ἀγέλαι” S.Aj.168, E.Ion106; shoal of fish, Opp.H.3.639: metaph., “πόνων ἀγέλαι” E.HF1276:—also in Pl.R. 451c, Arist.HA570a27, etc., but rare in early Prose.
II. in Crete and at Sparta, bands in which boys were trained, Ephor. 64, Plu.Lyc.16, Heraclid.Pol.15, GDI4952 (Dreros), etc.; “νέων ἀ.” Epigr.Gr.223.8 (Miletus); ἀϊθέων ib.239 (Smyrna).