One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thing which covers the outside of something; especially the outermost cover of a book.
with object To cover or spread over; to cover up completely; to bury.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Scribner's Monthly. From over- + cover, after overcover or to cover over<br>late Middle English; earliest use found in The Wycliffite Bible (early version). From over- + cover.
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