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covert

1. Law See feme covert Compare discovert
2. a thicket or woodland providing shelter for game
3. short for covert cloth
4. Ornithol any of the small feathers on the wings and tail of a bird that surround the bases of the larger feathers
5. a flock of coots

Covert

 

a closely woven worsted or semiworsted fabric, usually made in a serge twill or uncomplicated diagonal weave. A monotone woof shot and a warp, twisted from two threads of different colors, are used. Each thread of the warp may consist of either two worsted threads or one worsted and one cotton thread. The surface of covert cloth has a finely variegated design. Covert comes in various colors, usually in gray-green, beige-brown, and steel-blue tones. It is used for coats and suits. There is also cotton covert (an imitation of worsted covert), which is used primarily for raincoats.

covert

[′kō·vərt]
(ecology)
A refuge or shelter, such as a coppice, for game animals.
(textiles)
A tightly woven woolen twill fabric made by using a single-color yarn for filling threads and yarns in two different shades in the warp.
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In one corner stood a huge bag of wool, ready to be spun; in another, a quantity of linsey-woolsey just from the loom; ears of Indian corn, and strings of dried apples and peaches, hung in gay festoons along the walls, mingled with the gaud of red peppers; and a door left ajar gave him a peep into the best parlor, where the claw-footed chairs and dark mahogany tables shone like mirrors; andirons, with their accompanying shovel and tongs, glistened from their covert of asparagus tops; mock- oranges and conch - shells decorated the mantelpiece; strings of various-colored birds eggs were suspended above it; a great ostrich egg was hung from the centre of the room, and a corner cupboard, knowingly left open, displayed immense treasures of old silver and well-mended china.
Rabbits, hares, snakes, rats, mice, retreated inwards as into a fastness, unaware of the ephemeral nature of their refuge, and of the doom that awaited them later in the day when, their covert shrinking to a more and more horrible narrowness, they were huddled together, friends and foes, till the last few yards of upright wheat fell also under the teeth of the unerring reaper, and they were every one put to death by the sticks and stones of the harvesters.
As Galazi spoke, the first of the wolves drew from the covert and saw the buffalo; then, giving tongue, they sprang towards it.
The ploughman upon the first appearance of it unyokes his oxen, and betakes himself with them into covert.
A fine stag had been struck down by one Of Will Stutely's fellows, and he and others had stepped forth from the covert to seize it, when twenty bowmen from Nottingham appeared at the end of the glade.
Anne understood this covert reproach and was more moved than irritated by it.
He drew the listening savages round him by his nervous eloquence; taunted them with recitals of past wrongs and insults; drew glowing pictures of triumphs and trophies within their reach; recounted tales of daring and romantic enterprise, of secret marchings, covert lurkings, midnight surprisals, sackings, burnings, plunderings, scalpings; together with the triumphant return, and the feasting and rejoicing of the victors.
At each turn of the walk our heroine threw a timid eye around in quest of an unknown figure, and more than once fancied she saw the face of the god of music peering at her from the friendly covert of her aunt's shrubbery--and twice she mistook the light green of a neighbouring cornfield, waving in the wind, for the coat of Antonio.
He commenced a series of covert sneers, of which I did not at first perceive the drift, till my landlady happened to relate the conversation she had had with Mr.
To the prevalence of these breezes, and to the want of all leafy covert, may we also attribute the freedom from those flies and other insects so tormenting to man and beast during the summer months, in the lower plains, which are bordered and interspersed with woodland.
But because the alley will be long, and, in great heat of the year or day, you ought not to buy the shade in the garden, by going in the sun through the green, therefore you are, of either side the green, to plant a covert alley upon carpenter's work, about twelve foot in height, by which you may go in shade into the garden.
It seemed a rustling covert leading to enchanted glades.