noun (plural coveys) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French covee sitting (of hen), from cover to sit on, brood over, from Latin cubare to lie Date: 14th century 1. a mature bird or pair of birds with a brood of young; also a small flock 2. company, group <
a covey of schoolchildren

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  • Covey — Cov ey (k?v ?), n. [OF. cov?e, F. couv?e, fr. cover, F. couver, to sit or brood on, fr. L. cubare to lie down; cf. E. incubate. See {Cubit}, and cf. {Cove} to brood.] 1. A brood or hatch of birds; an old bird with her brood of young; hence, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Covey — Cov ey, v. i. To brood; to incubate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] [Tortoises] covey a whole year before they hatch. Holland. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • covey — mid 14c., brood of partridges, from M.Fr. covée brood (Mod.Fr. couvée), from Gallo Rom. *cubata, lit. hatchling, from pp. stem of L. cubare to sit, incubate, hatch (see INCUBATION (Cf. incubation)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • covey — ► NOUN (pl. coveys) ▪ a small flock of birds, especially partridge. ORIGIN from Old French cover, from Latin cubare lie down …   English terms dictionary

  • covey — [kuv′ē] n. pl. coveys [ME < OFr covée, a brood < cover, to sit on, hatch < L cubare, to lie down: see CUBE1] 1. a small flock or brood of birds, esp. partridges or quail 2. a small group of people or, sometimes, things SYN. GROUP …   English World dictionary

  • Covey — This rare and unusual surname is of Irish origin, and is a dialectal variant of the name Coffey, itself an Anglicized form of the Gaelic O Cobhthaigh, deriving from the prefix O meaning descendant of , plus the byname Cobhtach , Victorious. The… …   Surnames reference

  • covey —    ‘Hallo, my covey’ says Jack Dawkins, the Artful Dodger, when he first meets Oliver in Dickens’s Oliver Twist. ‘Covey’ is a diminutive form of ‘cove’, still used in third person reference of a man, or fellow. ‘Who’s that old cove over there?’… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

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