tail covert

tail covert
noun Date: 1815 one of the coverts of the tail quills

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tail covert — n. any of the small feathers covering the basal parts of the large tail feathers of a bird …   English World dictionary

  • tail covert — tail′ cov ert n. orn any of the feathers concealing the bases of a bird s tail feathers • Etymology: 1815–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • tail covert — any of the feathers concealing the bases of a bird s tail feathers. [1805 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • tail covert — any of the feathers concealing the bases of a bird s tail feathers. [1805 15] …   Useful english dictionary

  • tail — 1. n. & v. 1 the hindmost part of an animal, esp. when prolonged beyond the rest of the body. 2 a a thing like a tail in form or position, esp. something extending downwards or outwards at an extremity. b the rear end of anything, e.g. of a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Covert — Cov ert, n. [OF. See {Covert}, a.] 1. A place that covers and protects; a shelter; a defense. [1913 Webster] A tabernacle . . . for a covert from storm. Is. iv. 6. [1913 Webster] The highwayman has darted from his covered by the wayside. Prescott …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • covert — [kō′vərt, kuv′ərt] adj. [OFr, pp. of covrir,COVER] 1. concealed, hidden, disguised, or surreptitious [a covert threat] 2. Archaic sheltered; protected 3. Law protected by a husband: said of a married woman n. 1. a covered or protected place;… …   English World dictionary

  • covert — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not openly acknowledged or displayed. ► NOUN 1) a thicket in which game can hide. 2) a feather covering the base of a bird s main flight or tail feather. DERIVATIVES covertly adverb. ORIGIN Old French, covered …   English terms dictionary

  • Covert (feather) — Upperwing of Orange headed Thrush, Zoothera citrina cyanotus A covert feather on a bird is one of a set of feathers, called coverts, which as the name implies, cover other feathers. The coverts help to smooth airflow over the wings and tail.[1] …   Wikipedia

  • Covert-One series — The Covert One series is a sequence of thriller novels written by several authors in conjunction with Robert Ludlum. The books feature a team of political and technical experts, belonging to a top secret U.S. agency called Covert One, who fight… …   Wikipedia

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