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cony

[koh-nee, kuhn-ee] /ˈkoʊ ni, ˈkʌn i/
noun, plural conies.
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.
Also, coney.
Origin
1150-1200
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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  • The president feared to make an unnecessary display of himself, to seem to be histrionic or cony.
  • As the cony, that you see dwell where she is kindled.
  • cony is a generic term used to describe many small rock-dwelling mammals including pika and hyrax.
British Dictionary definitions for cony

cony

/ˈkəʊnɪ/
noun (pl) -nies, -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
C13: back formation from conies, from Old French conis, plural of conil, from Latin cunīculus rabbit
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n.

see coney.

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