or co·ney

[koh-nee, kuhn-ee]
noun, plural co·nies.
  1. the fur of a rabbit, especially when dyed to simulate Hudson seal.
  2. the daman or other hyrax of the same genus.
  3. the pika.
  4. a rabbit.
  5. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for conies

Historical Examples of conies

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for conies



noun plural -nies or -neys
  1. a rabbit or fur made from the skin of a rabbit
  2. (in the Bible) another name for the hyrax, esp the Syrian rock hyrax
  3. another name for pika
  4. archaic a fool or dupe

Word Origin for cony

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 conies



see coney.

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