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Integument   /ɪntˈɛgjəmənt/   Listen

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

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"Integument" Quotes from Famous Books

... approaches to the same shape will ever do more than give a bad substitute for the outline of the head as nature framed it. Any covering conceals the hair; and if you remove from sight this intrinsically beautiful integument, it is a principle of bad taste to put in its place only a poor copy of the same contour. If you cover the head, cover it with something that forms lines not curving like the skull, nor yet so angular as to create too striking an opposition of ideas in the mind ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845 • Various

... inhabit the bottom of lakes and ponds, and flourish mostly where the water is charged with carbonate of lime. Their seed-vessels are covered with a very tough integument, capable of resisting decomposition; to which circumstance we may attribute their abundance in a fossil state. Figure 47 represents a branch of one of many new species found by Professor Amici in the lakes of Northern Italy. ...
— The Student's Elements of Geology • Sir Charles Lyell

... dexterous in the horrid surgical operation of taking off the scalp—that is, a considerable surface of the hairy integument of the crown of the cranium. Terrible as the operation is, there are not wanting great numbers of cases of persons who have survived, and recovered from it. The scalps of enemies thus taken, even when not paid ...
— The First White Man of the West • Timothy Flint

... slip to his chief, who ran his eye over the message. The words employed were few, but a journalist of McMurtrie's experience instinctively covered the bare bones with a respectable integument, and clothed this with a quite picturesque raiment by force of the more ...
— Round the World in Seven Days • Herbert Strang

Words linked to "Integument" :   cover, covering, natural covering

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