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[kuhv-ee] /ˈkʌv i/
noun, plural coveys.
a brood or small flock of partridges or similar birds.
a group, set, or company.
Origin of covey
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 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.
British Dictionary definitions for covey


a small flock of grouse or partridge
a small group, as of people
Word Origin
C14: from Old French covee, from cover to sit on, hatch; see couvade
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Word Origin and History for covey

mid-14c., "brood of partridges," from Middle French covée "brood" (Modern French couvée), from Gallo-Romance *cubata, literally "hatchling," from past participle stem of Latin cubare "to sit, incubate, hatch" (see incubation).

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