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n. pl. cov·eys
1. A family or small flock of birds, especially partridge or quail.
2. A small group, as of persons.
[Middle English, from Old French covee, brood, from feminine past participle of cover, to incubate, from Latin cubāre, to lie down.]
1. (Zoology) a small flock of grouse or partridge
2. a small group, as of people
[C14: from Old French covee, from cover to sit on, hatch; see couvade]
n., pl. -eys.
1. a small group of game birds.
2. a group, set, or company.
[1400–50; Middle English, variant of covee < Anglo-French, Old French, n. use of feminine of past participle of cover to hatch < Latin cubāre to lie down]
covey- Comes from French couver for the act of sitting on eggs ("covering" them) to hatch them.
See also related terms for hatch.
Coveya flock of birds; a brood or hatch of birds; a family, party, or set of persons or things. See also bevy, company, covert.
Examples: covey of coxcombes, 1590; of new doctrines, 1641; of fiddlers, 1616; of girls; of grouse; of mathematicians, 1616; of partridges, 1440; of ptarmigan, 1835; of sage hens, 1868; of trumps [playing cards], 1839; of victims, 1827.
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|Noun||1.||covey - a small collection of people|
|2.||covey - a small flock of grouse or partridge|
grouse - popular game bird having a plump body and feathered legs and feet
partridge - small Old World gallinaceous game birds
flock - a group of birds