noun cov·ey \ˈkə-vē\

: a small flock of birds

: a small group of people or things

plural coveys

Full Definition of COVEY

:  a mature bird or pair of birds with a brood of young; also :  a small flock
:  company, group <a covey of schoolchildren>

Examples of COVEY

  1. A covey of schoolchildren approached.
  2. A covey of reporters came to the event.

Origin of COVEY

Middle English, from Anglo-French covee sitting (of hen), from cover to sit on, brood over, from Latin cubare to lie
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl


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