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coney

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊni
 
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(also cony)

Definition of coney in English:

noun (plural coneys)

1British & Heraldry A rabbit.
Example sentences
  • The humble rabbit was once commonly known as cony, coney (yes, as in Island Baby) or cunny.
  • Only a few weeks ago I had been in Puerto Rico and eaten a most amazing piece of deep fried, nearly greaseless coney so, I was eager to make some rabbit of my own.
  • Or the coney killer, coney being the country name for rabbits.
1.1 [mass noun] Rabbit fur.
Example sentences
  • But manufacturers still use up to two coney rabbit pelts to make each of the new-style hats.
  • Because solid colour cat fur is similar to rabbit fur, it is easily passed off as coney in garments and trim and like coney it can be dyed.
  • This coat is a black dyed coney fur.
1.2North American A pika.
Example sentences
  • The term cony (coney) as used in the Bible refers to the hyrax, not to the pika (‘true’ cony).
  • Also called the ‘rock rabbit,’ ‘coney,’ and ‘little chief hare,’ the pika's name is derived from the Siberian word for this animal, puka.
  • Also known by the name, coney and rock rabbit, the pika is found across most mountainous regions of western North America.
1.3(In biblical use) a hyrax.
Example sentences
  • The so-called ‘dawn horse’, or Eohippus, was most likely not related to horses at all, but was very like a modern-day hyrax - that is, a rock badger or coney.
  • Exceptions to this include the hair of the coney, Hyrax syriacus.
  • The habits of the coney (hyrax – N.S.) are very accurately. portrayed in the Psalms and in Proverbs.
2A small grouper (fish) found on the coasts of the tropical western Atlantic, with variable coloration.
  • Epinephelus fulvus, family Serranidae
Example sentences
  • Schools of grunts, coneys and tangs marked the entrance to the grotto, an ancient lava flow that cooled to a black tortured cavity.
  • Fen fisherfolk knew them as pout eel, while around the Theford area, they were known as coney fish, as they were believed to spend much of their time hiding in holes in the bank.
  • A species of Ling is called sometimes the burbot, but it lives in fresh water; and this is also called the coney fish, and supposed to be allusive in the following arms.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French conin, from Latin cuniculus.

More
  • rabbit from (Late Middle English):

    We think of rabbits as being as much part of the language as of the countryside, but the rabbit was introduced to Britain by the Normans in the 12th century to provide meat and fur. The name is not recorded until the late 14th century, when it meant particularly a young animal of this kind. Before that, rabbits were known as conies. In 16th-century slang a coney was what we would now call a mark—someone to cheat or rob, and doing so was known as ‘coney-catching’. We are not sure where rabbit comes from, but it seems to have come into English from Old French, related to French dialect rabotte meaning ‘young rabbit’. It may be of Dutch origin and have a link with Flemish robbei ‘rabbit’. To breed like rabbits is to reproduce prolifically, like the animal itself. This view of rabbits is of quite long standing. In 1868 Queen Victoria explained why she could not be too excited by acquiring a fourteenth grandchild. ‘It seems to me’ she wrote to her eldest daughter ‘to go on like the rabbits in Windsor Park!’ A person who chatters incessantly is sometimes said to ‘rabbit on’. This expression comes from mid 20th-century rhyming slang, in which rabbit and pork means ‘talk’. See also bunny

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