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or co·ney

[koh-nee, kuhn-ee]
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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.
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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
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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.

  • The cony is found over a belt that extends from this altitude down to 9,500.

  • About all the cony has to do is to find the den and take possession.

  • The cony is a relative of the rabbit, the squirrel, the beaver, and the prairie dog.

British Dictionary definitions for cony



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
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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.

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