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cov·ey

 (kŭv′ē)
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.]

covey

(ˈkʌvɪ)
n
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]

cov•ey

(ˈkʌv i)

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.

Covey

 a 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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.covey - a small collection of people
assemblage, gathering - a group of persons together in one place
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
Translations
hapsipasaspasi

covey

[ˈkʌvɪ] N
1. (Orn) → nidada f (de perdices)
2. (fig) → grupo m

covey

[ˈkʌvi] n [grouse, partridges] → compagnie f

covey

n (of partridges)Kette f
References in classic literature ?
The little car seemed to cleave the waves of verdure, and, from time to time, coveys of birds of magnificent plumage would rise fluttering from the tall herbage, and speed away with joyous cries.
These birds do not go in coveys, nor do they conceal themselves like the English kind.
The store is on a corner about which coveys of ragged-plumed, hilarious children play and become candidates for the cough drops and soothing syrups that wait for them inside.
The landlord was all obsequious, and a relay of about seven negroes, old and young, male and female, little and big, were soon whizzing about, like a covey of partridges, bustling, hurrying, treading on each other's toes, and tumbling over each other, in their zeal to get Mas'r's room ready, while he seated himself easily on a chair in the middle of the room, and entered into conversation with the man who sat next to him.
In less than three minutes the covey round the Mark Boat had shipped their power-lights and whirred away upon their businesses.
Kim ducked under a Mewar camel-driver's greasy armpit and cannoned off a covey of jabbering Sikh matrons.
Any one who has thrown a stone into a frog pond, or fired a shot into a covey of birds, can form an idea of the effect produced by these incongruous words, in the midst of the general attention.
There was now a covey of red birds feeding on one of the little islets to the left, or again a blue-green parrot flew shrieking from tree to tree.
Who would chirp you to sleep, or call for you the covey of answering birds?
Little Jones went one day a shooting with the gamekeeper; when happening to spring a covey of partridges near the border of that manor over which Fortune, to fulfil the wise purposes of Nature, had planted one of the game consumers, the birds flew into it, and were marked (as it is called) by the two sportsmen, in some furze bushes, about two or three hundred paces beyond Mr Allworthy's dominions.
Levin knew Laska's method, wary and indefinite; he knew the place too and expected a whole covey of snipe.
We shall very likely be up with another covey in five minutes,' said the long gamekeeper.