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tail covert

noun
  1. any of the feathers concealing the bases of a bird's tail feathers.
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Origin of tail covert

First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for tail covert

Historical Examples

  • Part of a tail-covert of Polyplectron chinquis, with two oval ocelli of nat.

    The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex

    Charles Darwin

  • Part of a tail-covert of Polyplectron malaccense, with the two oval ocelli, partially confluent, of nat.


British Dictionary definitions for tail covert

tail covert

noun
  1. any of the covert feathers of a bird covering the bases of the tail feathers
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