conies

cony

[koh-nee, kuhn-ee]
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; 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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cony or coney (ˈkəʊnɪ)
 
n , 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
 
[C13: back formation from conies, from Old French conis, plural of conil, from Latin cunīculus rabbit]
 
coney or coney
 
n
 
[C13: back formation from conies, from Old French conis, plural of conil, from Latin cunīculus rabbit]

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