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cony

or coney

[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.
Origin of cony
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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  • Upon the mountain tops the cony, or Little Chief Hare, stacks hay each autumn.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • The American cony lives on top of the world—on the crest of the continent.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • A merchant named cony did more to wreck the Protectorate by a suit at law than did the Cavaliers by their armed insurrection.

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

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • One probably was the owner of the little haystack—the other the cony from the wrecked home.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • About all the cony has to do is to find the den and take possession.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • Far up the mountainside I found and saw an account of a cony adventure written in the snow.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • The cony appears something of a traveller, something of an explorer.

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  • The weasel is agile, powerful, slender bodied, and can follow a cony into the smaller hiding places of the den and capture him.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • But he clung to the cony and dragged it out of reach beneath a boulder.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
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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Word Origin and History for cony
n.

see coney.

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