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covey

A covey is a social group of birds. You can also use it for a group of people, like the covey of kids that hangs out on the playground after school.

The roots of covey go back to the Latin cubare, "incubate or hatch." The word was originally used for a brood of newly-hatched partridges or other similar birds. Today it can refer to one family group, like a mother pigeon and her chicks, or a flock that hangs out together. Feel free to describe other groups using this word, like the covey of tourists walking slowly down the sidewalk with their map as the locals dodge past them.

Definitions of covey
  1. noun
    a small flock of grouse or partridge
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    type of:
    flock
    a group of birds
  2. noun
    a small collection of people
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    type of:
    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
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