from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A natural outer covering or coat, such as the skin of an animal or the membrane enclosing an organ.
- n. Botany The envelope of an ovule.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An outer protective covering such as the feathers or skin of an animal, a rind or shell.
- n. The outer layer of an ovule, which develops into the seed coat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which naturally invests or covers another thing, as the testa or the tegmen of a seed; specifically (Anat.), a covering which invests the body, as the skin, or a membrane that invests a particular part.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In general, a covering; that which covers or clothes.
- n. Specifically That which naturally covers or invests any animal or vegetable body, as a skin, shell, case, crust, or rind; especially, a continuous investment or covering, as the cutaneous envelop or skin of an animal body, with or without its special appendages.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an outer protective covering such as the skin of an animal or a cuticle or seed coat or rind or shell
Latin integumentum, from integere, to cover : in-, on; see in-2 + tegere, to cover; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin integumentum ("a covering"). (Wiktionary)