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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cony
Historical Examples
  • In such heights man is of no more value than the wolf or the cony.

    Cavanagh: Forest Ranger Hamlin Garland
  • The American cony lives on top of the world—on the crest of the continent.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • The cony is found over a belt that extends from this altitude down to 9,500.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • About all the cony has to do is to find the den and take possession.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • The cony is a relative of the rabbit, the squirrel, the beaver, and the prairie dog.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • The cony appears something of a traveller, something of an explorer.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • But he clung to the cony and dragged it out of reach beneath a boulder.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • The weasel is the most persistent and effective enemy of the cony.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • The cony of the Bible is the little hyrax, a relative of the elephant.

    Summer Dallas Lore Sharp
  • The result was very effectual as regarded the cony, but it was not much to gurr about in the way of breakfast.

    The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for cony


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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Word Origin and History for cony

see coney.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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