coney

noun
co·​ney | \ ˈkō-nē How to pronounce coney (audio) , sense 1 also ˈkə-nē How to pronounce coney (audio) \
variants: or
plural coneys or conies

Definition of coney

1a : rabbit fur
b(1) : rabbit especially : the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
(2) : pika
c : hyrax specifically : rock hyrax
2 archaic : dupe
3 : any of several fishes especially : a dusky black-spotted reddish-finned grouper (Epinephelus fulvus synonym Cephalopholis fulva) of the tropical Atlantic

First Known Use of coney

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coney

Middle English conies, plural, from Anglo-French conis, plural of conil, from Latin cuniculus

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“Coney.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coney. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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