1. Seeking and enjoying the company of others; sociable. See Synonyms at social.
2. Tending to move in or form a group with others of the same kind: gregarious bird species.
3. Botany Growing in groups that are close together but not densely clustered or matted.
[Latin gregārius, belonging to a flock, from grex, greg-, flock; see ger- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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