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or coney

[koh-nee, kuhn-ee] /ˈkoʊ ni, ˈkʌn i/
noun, plural conies.
the fur of a rabbit, especially when dyed to simulate Hudson seal.
the daman or other hyrax of the same genus.
the pika.
a rabbit.
Obsolete. a person who is easily tricked; gull; dupe.
Origin of cony
1150-1200; Middle English, back formation from conyes < Old French conis, plural of conil < Latin cunīculus rabbit, burrow, a word said to be of Iberian orig., according with evidence that the rabbit spread through Europe from NW Africa and the Iberian Peninsula Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The conies are but a feeble folk, yet they make their houses in the rocks.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • Everywhere among the bowlders were whistling rock-rabbits, or conies.

    Pluck on the Long Trail

    Edwin L. Sabin
  • My grandfather can call to mind the time when only the conies lived upon this rock.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • We will show these conies of Cynwyl that we are not afraid of them.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • As I looked about me I could not see grass enough to feed a pair of conies for a winter.

    Summer Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Varro speaketh of a towne in Spaine that was ouerthrowne by conies.

  • After all, what you say only conies to this, that you are interested in the problem of human life.

    Dodo, Volumes 1 and 2 Edward Frederic Benson
  • We must be wise as the conies, and build our nest in the cleft of the Rock of Ages.

  • I said, 'Why, there's some poacher fellow popping at the conies!'

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for conies


noun (pl) -nies, -neys
a rabbit or fur made from the skin of a rabbit
(in the Bible) another name for the hyrax, esp the Syrian rock hyrax
another name for pika
(archaic) a fool or dupe
Word Origin
C13: back formation from conies, from Old French conis, plural of conil, from Latin cunīculus rabbit
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see coney.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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