Definition of covey in English:

covey

nounPlural coveys

  • 1A small flock of birds, especially partridge.

    • ‘A covey of quail took off, too, and I began feeling like Attila the Hun tromping through the forest.’
    • ‘The first crisp, clear day of moderate wind should provide a glorious backdrop for staunch points over big coveys.’
    • ‘We park in the draw where the hunter's dog first jumped a small covey of Hungarian partridge.’
    • ‘Quail coveys broke up and the male birds staked out breeding territories.’
    • ‘That was Conner's first thought when the revelers exploded out of sight like a covey of quail.’
    • ‘Instead of holding individual territories, both species form coveys, which are flocks of 4-6 fused family groups.’
    • ‘Grey partridge are down to a handful of coveys and look as if they will become extinct unless concerted effort is made.’
    • ‘During the breeding season, coveys break up into breeding pairs that spread out across the home range to nest.’
    • ‘As I strolled along a heavily used game trail, a covey of wild turkeys fled before me and hid in a thicket of wild roses.’
    • ‘Looking for a shotgun sport that is as unpredictable as a covey of quail?’
    • ‘It's like quail hunting: A short, light 20-gauge gun is faster than a big, heavy 12 in covering a covey rise.’
    • ‘He flushed Cochrane from the woods like a frightened covey of Mississippi quail.’
    • ‘A covey of sprightly grey partridge look back and trundle on.’
    • ‘With the covey gone, I decided to photograph the turtle.’
    • ‘And, as with feral hogs, many coveys go unhunted during the deer season for fear of disrupting the pastures.’
    • ‘In non-breeding seasons, Northern Bobwhites congregate in coveys of up to 20 birds.’
    • ‘We put up 13 coveys during the morning and 12 in the afternoon and quit at 5 p.m. with a four-man, 60-bobwhite limit.’
    • ‘In two days, I walked past staunch points into approximately 70 coveys of wild birds.’
    • ‘Flocks of migratory shorebirds are yet to arrive, but small coveys of rock ptarmigan are already roaming about.’
    flock, flying group
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    1. 1.1 A small group of people or things.
      ‘coveys of actors rushed through the rooms’
      • ‘We've continued to fund your research, even though the only results we've seen is a covey of crayfish.’
      • ‘At least they were on time; he spotted a covey of white uniforms clustered around the guards, signing in.’
      • ‘The working stiff is not a white-collar writer rubbing elbows with a covey of billionaires.’
      • ‘Just past a covey of restaurants, is well-established facility that can handle any problem.’
      • ‘Our covey of jurors were all handed a 27-page questionnaire.’
      • ‘That mother plant rewarded me with a covey, each bloom yielding numerous seeds.’
      • ‘A covey of museums of modern art sprang up on these shores.’
      • ‘She took immediate command of the little covey of groupies.’
      • ‘President Reagan's lack of interest in the details might be fine fun for the coveys of arms control quails.’
      • ‘Now, however, a covey of intellectuals have suggested that technology has changed the battlefield again.’
      group, gang, troop, troupe, party, company, band, body, crowd, pack, army, herd, flock, bevy, drove, horde, galaxy, assemblage, gathering
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French covee, feminine past participle of cover, from Latin cubare ‘lie down’.

Pronunciation

covey

/ˈkʌvi/