- a brood or small flock of partridges or similar birds.
- a group, set, or company.
Origin of covey
Examples from the Web for covey
He started, his dreams gone from him like a covey of frightened quail.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
Passing now through woods they started a covey of partridges.The Long Roll
However, deep in the woods they came upon a covey of partridges.The Rover Boys on a Hunt
Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
On my return, I told Mr. Covey what had happened, and how it happened.
Mr. Covey was one of the few slaveholders who could and did work with his hands.
- a small flock of grouse or partridge
- a small group, as of people
Word Origin and History for covey
mid-14c., "brood of partridges," from Middle French covée "brood" (Modern French couvée), from Gallo-Romance *cubata, literally "hatchling," from past participle stem of Latin cubare "to sit, incubate, hatch" (see incubation).