noun, plural coveys.
a brood or small flock of partridges or similar birds.
a group, set, or company.

1400–50; Middle English, variant of covee < Anglo-French, Old French, noun use of feminine of past participle of cover to hatch < Latin cubāre to lie down; cf. couvade, concubine Unabridged
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covey (ˈkʌvɪ)
1.  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]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., "brood of partridges," from O.Fr. covée "brood," from Gallo-Rom. *cubata, lit. "hatchling," from L. cubare "to sit, incubate, hatch" (see incubation).
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Example sentences
Covey and his team have also used the game engine to create training simulations for vehicles.
With the dog on point, the handler wades into the brush, flushes the covey of quail and fires a starter pistol.
It is during this period that you can find coveys by listening for their covey calls.
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