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bunch

 (bŭnch)
n.
1.
a. A group of things growing close together; a cluster or clump: a bunch of grapes; grass growing in bunches.
b. A group of like items or individuals gathered or placed together: a bunch of keys on a ring; people standing around in bunches.
2. Informal A group of people usually having a common interest or association: My brother and his bunch are basketball fanatics.
3. Informal A considerable number or amount; a lot: a bunch of trouble; a whole bunch of food.
4. A small lump or swelling; a bump.
v. bunched, bunch·ing, bunch·es
v.tr.
1. To gather or form into a cluster: bunched my fingers into a fist.
2. To gather together into a group.
3. To gather (fabric) into folds.
v.intr.
1. To form a cluster or group: runners bunching up at the starting line.
2. To be gathered together in folds, as fabric.
3. To swell; protrude.

[Middle English bonche, probably from Flemish bondje, diminutive of bont, bundle, from Middle Dutch; see bundle.]

bunch′i·ness n.
bunch′y adj.

bunches

(ˈbʌntʃɪz)
pl n
(Hairdressing & Grooming) Brit a hairstyle in which hair is tied into two sections on either side of the head at the back
References in classic literature ?
The grapes are most excellent to this day, but the bunches are not as large as those in the pictures.
And then, as to his decoration: headstall, breast-bands, saddle and crupper are lavishly embroidered with beads, and hung with thimbles, hawks' bells, and bunches of ribbons.
In a group round the mouth were sixteen slender, almost whiplike tentacles, arranged in two bunches of eight each.
To me it is quite credible that the Martians may be descended from beings not unlike ourselves, by a gradual development of brain and hands (the latter giving rise to the two bunches of delicate tentacles at last) at the expense of the rest of the body.
It bunches up, sometimes, in spite of all my efforts to keep it even.
These two suits of flannel, each in one piece from head to foot, with a skirt or so hung on this easily-fitting waist, will keep the child warm without burdening her with belts, and gathers, and buckles, and bunches round the waist, and leave free the muscles that need plenty of room to work in.
The 3rd of August, I found the grapes I had hung up perfectly dried, and, indeed, were excellent good raisins of the sun; so I began to take them down from the trees, and it was very happy that I did so, for the rains which followed would have spoiled them, and I had lost the best part of my winter food; for I had above two hundred large bunches of them.
They were gulping at their canteens, fierce to wring every mite of water from them, and they polished at their swollen and watery features with coat sleeves and bunches of grass.
Those glorious bunches of bananas, which once decorated our stern and quarter-deck, have, alas, disappeared
Cherries in enormous bunches were hanging everywhere over our heads.
They alone moved through the vast and frozen quiet, little mites of earth-men, crawling their score of miles a day, melting the ice that they might have water to drink, camping in the snow at night, their wolf-dogs curled in frost-rimed, hairy bunches, their eight snowshoes stuck on end in the snow beside the sleds.
It had a chintz covering--representing large bunches of roses scattered over a pale green ground.