Definition of covey in English:

covey

noun

  • 1A small party or flock of birds, especially partridge.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A covey of quail took off, too, and I began feeling like Attila the Hun tromping through the forest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With the covey gone, I decided to photograph the turtle.’
    • ‘It's like quail hunting: A short, light 20-gauge gun is faster than a big, heavy 12 in covering a covey rise.’
    • ‘Instead of holding individual territories, both species form coveys, which are flocks of 4-6 fused family groups.’
    • ‘During the breeding season, coveys break up into breeding pairs that spread out across the home range to nest.’
    • ‘In two days, I walked past staunch points into approximately 70 coveys of wild birds.’
    • ‘And, as with feral hogs, many coveys go unhunted during the deer season for fear of disrupting the pastures.’
    • ‘He flushed Cochrane from the woods like a frightened covey of Mississippi quail.’
    • ‘Grey partridge are down to a handful of coveys and look as if they will become extinct unless concerted effort is made.’
    • ‘A covey of sprightly grey partridge look back and trundle on.’
    • ‘Flocks of migratory shorebirds are yet to arrive, but small coveys of rock ptarmigan are already roaming about.’
    • ‘Looking for a shotgun sport that is as unpredictable as a covey of quail?’
    • ‘In non-breeding seasons, Northern Bobwhites congregate in coveys of up to 20 birds.’
    • ‘That was Conner's first thought when the revelers exploded out of sight like a covey of quail.’
    • ‘The first crisp, clear day of moderate wind should provide a glorious backdrop for staunch points over big coveys.’
    flock, flying group
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    1. 1.1 A small group of people or things.
      ‘coveys of actors rushed through the rooms’
      • ‘She took immediate command of the little covey of groupies.’
      • ‘Just past a covey of restaurants, is well-established facility that can handle any problem.’
      • ‘A covey of museums of modern art sprang up on these shores.’
      • ‘We've continued to fund your research, even though the only results we've seen is a covey of crayfish.’
      • ‘The working stiff is not a white-collar writer rubbing elbows with a covey of billionaires.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That mother plant rewarded me with a covey, each bloom yielding numerous seeds.’
      • ‘Our covey of jurors were all handed a 27-page questionnaire.’
      • ‘At least they were on time; he spotted a covey of white uniforms clustered around the guards, signing in.’
      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

/ˈkəvē//ˈkəvi/