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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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
covey- Comes from French couver for the act of sitting on eggs ("covering" them) to hatch them.
See also related terms for hatch.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
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.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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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
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
covey[ˈkʌvi] n [grouse, partridges] → compagnie f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n (of partridges) → Kette f
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