- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for conies
The Conies are but a feeble folk, yet they make their houses in the rocks.Lotus Buds
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
- 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
C13: back formation from conies, from Old French conis, plural of conil, from Latin cunīculus rabbit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for conies
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper