Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of coney1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rabbit, especially the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A rabbit, esp., the European rabbit (Lepus cuniculus)
  • n. The chief hare.
  • n. A simpleton.
  • n.
  • n. An important edible West Indian fish (Epinephelus apua); the hind of Bermuda.
  • n. A local name of the burbot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rabbit; a burrowing rodent quadruped of the genus Lepus, as L. cuniculus of Europe.
  • n. A daman, or species of the family Hyracidæ, order Hyracoidea.
  • n. The fur of conies or rabbits, once much used in England.
  • n. The pika, calling-hare, or little chief hare, Lagomys princeps, of North America.
  • n. In heraldry, a rabbit used as a bearing.
  • n. In ichthyology, the nigger-fish. A simpleton; a gull; a dupe.
  • n. The West Indian agouti, Dasyprocta cristata, so called by the early English colonists from its fancied resemblance to a rabbit.
  • n. The name of several West Indian serranoid fishes: The guativere, Cephalopholis fulvus.
  • n. Cephalopholis cruentatus, a brown fish with many spots, called in Spanish enjambre.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various burrowing animals of the family Leporidae having long ears and short tails; some domesticated and raised for pets or food
  • n. small short-eared burrowing mammal of rocky uplands of Asia and western North America
  • n. any of several small ungulate mammals of Africa and Asia with rodent-like incisors and feet with hooflike toes

Etymologies

From Middle English coni, back-formation from plural conies, from Anglo-Norman conis, plural of conil, from Latin cuniculus, from Proto-Basque *(H)unči (compare Basque untxi). (Wiktionary)

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  • "THIRD SERVANT: But when they shall see, sir, his crest up again, and the man in blood, they will out of their burrows, like conies after rain, and revel all with him."
    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 29, 2009