- any of the feathers concealing the bases of a bird's tail feathers.
Origin of tail covert
First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for tail covert
Part of a tail-covert of Polyplectron chinquis, with two oval ocelli of nat.
Part of a tail-covert of Polyplectron malaccense, with the two oval ocelli, partially confluent, of nat.
- any of the covert feathers of a bird covering the bases of the tail feathers
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