An integument is an outer layer, like a human's skin or a walnut's shell.

Use the noun integument when you need a scientific term for an organism's protective covering. Lizards' scales are their integument, and the germ or husk of a seed is its integument. Tissues and coverings inside animals, such as the protective membranes around organs, are another kind of integument. The Latin root is integumentum, "a covering," from integere, "to cover over."

Definitions of integument

n an outer protective covering such as the skin of an animal or a cuticle or seed coat or rind or shell

Type of:
cover, covering, natural covering
a natural object that covers or envelops

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.