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Definition of "integument" [in•teg•u•ment]

  • A natural outer covering or coat, such as the skin of an animal or the membrane enclosing an organ. (noun)
  • Botany The envelope of an ovule. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "integument" in a sentence
  • "Considered in these points of view, Mosaism has the appearance, in its exterior garb, of a special law, adapted to peculiar circumstances, and circumscribed to few persons, but in reality, and apart from that kind of integument, it contains the universal doctrines, destined to become the inheritance of all mankind."
  • "Jambers was not quite sure what "integument" was, but she thanked God she had never had it in her family."
  • "Within the integument of one system of exploitation, in other words, was contained a systemic conflict that, if not resolved, would lead to stagnation and decline but, if properly confronted, might lead to a higher synthesis of abundance and equality."