Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A family or small flock of birds, especially partridge or quail. See Synonyms at flock1.
  • n. A small group, as of persons.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A group of 8-12 (or more) quail. See gaggle, host, flock.
  • n. A brood of partridges, grouse, etc.
  • n. A party or group (of persons or things).
  • n. A man.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A company; a bevy.
  • n. A pantry.
  • intransitive v. To brood; to incubate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In hunting, specifically, a flock of partridges; hence, in general use, a flock of any similar birds.
  • n. A company; a party; a bevy.
  • n. Synonyms Pack, Brood, etc. See flock.
  • n. Same as cove.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small flock of grouse or partridge
  • n. a small collection of people

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French covee, brood, from feminine past participle of cover, to incubate, from Latin cubāre, to lie down.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French covee (Modern French couvée), from Latin cubō ("lie").

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cove +‎ -y

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