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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cony
see coney.
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Example sentences
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.
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