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.

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

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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 cony

see coney.

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