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bunch (n.)

mid-14c., "a bundle;" late 14c., "protuberance on the body, swelling, knob, lump," probably from Old French dialectal bonge "bundle," a nasalized form of Old French bouge (2), 15c., from Flemish bondje diminutive of boud "bundle." The sense of "a cluster, joined collection of things of the same kind" is from mid-15c. The looser meaning "a lot, a group of any kind" is from 1620s.

bunch (v.)

late 14c., "to bulge out," from bunch (n.). Meaning "to gather up in a bunch" (transitive) is from 1828; sense of "to crowd together" (intransitive) is from 1850. Related: Bunched; bunching.

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Definitions of bunch from WordNet
1
bunch (n.)
a grouping of a number of similar things;
a bunch of trees
Synonyms: clump / cluster / clustering
bunch (n.)
an informal body of friends;
Synonyms: crowd / crew / gang
bunch (n.)
any collection in its entirety;
Synonyms: lot / caboodle
2
bunch (v.)
form into a bunch;
The frightened children bunched together in the corner of the classroom
Synonyms: bunch together / bunch up
bunch (v.)
gather or cause to gather into a cluster;
She bunched her fingers into a fist
Synonyms: bundle / cluster / clump
From wordnet.princeton.edu