Cov"ey (k?v"?), n. [OF. cove, F. couve, fr. cover, F. couver, to sit or brood on, fr. L. cubare to lie down; cf. E. incubate. See Cubit, and cf. Cove to brood.]

1.

A brood or hatch of birds; an old bird with her brood of young; hence, a small flock or number of birds together; -- said of game; as, a covey of partridges.

Darwin.

2.

A company; a bevy; as, a covey of girls.

Addison.

 

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Cov"ey, v. i.

To brood; to incubate.

[Obs.]

[Tortoises] covey a whole year before they hatch. Holland.

 

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Cov"ey, n.

A pantry.

[Prov. Eng.]

Parker.

 

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