From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Huddle \Hud"dle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Huddled; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Huddling.] [Cf. OE. hoderen, hodren, to cover, keep, warm;
   perh. akin to OE. huden, hiden, to hide, E. hide, and orig.
   meaning, to get together for protection in a safe place. Cf.
   Hide to conceal.]
   To press together promiscuously, from confusion,
   apprehension, or the like; to crowd together confusedly; to
   press or hurry in disorder; to crowd.
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         The cattle huddled on the lea.           --Tennyson.
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         Huddling together on the public square . . . like a
         herd of panic-struck deer.               --Prescott.
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